Jet Airways plans to start a daily Mangalore – Mumbai – Riyadh flight from Jun 14, 2009. The Jet Airways fllight will leave Mangalore at 3.15 p.m and arrive in Mumbai at 4.20 pm.
The Mumbai -Riyadh flight will leave Mumbai at 7.30 p.m. and land at Riyadh at 9.05 p.m. Saudi time.
On the return leg, the Riyadh-Mumbai flight, will take off at 10.05 p.m. and arrive in Mumbai at 4.30 a.m.
The connecting Mumbai-Mangalore flight will leave Mumbai at 9.20 a.m., and arrive at Mangalore at 10.30 a.m.
Reports say that Jet Airways is waiting for the final go-ahead from the Central Aviation Authority, but they have already received booking instructions.
Meanwhile, Air India Express’ plans to launch a Mangalore – Dammam flight has been put on the back burner pending government clearance.
A large number of Mangaloreans are settled in the Middle-East.
Reports say that the Mangalore-Dammam was put on hold because of the General elections.
Reports say that, earlier, Air India Express had plans to start a flight to Saudi Arabia from Mangalore, in April 2009, but that plan has also been set aside till government approval is obtained.
Jet Airways has been focusing on the highly competitive Gulf sector inspite of the recessionary trends in the industry.
The airline plans to start flights to Riyadh and Jeddah from Mumbai from June 14, 2009.
Recently, Jet Airways launched daily flights from Chennai in India to Dubai and also a second service between Mumbai and Dubai.
In end-March 2009, Jet Airways added a daily, direct flight to Kuwait from Mumbai. The airline already runs a daily flight from Kochi to Kuwait.
In the middle-eastern region, Jet Airways runs daily flights to Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.
With the addition of the new flights, Jet Airways hopes to bolster its Gulf network.
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