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IndiGo announces Shivamogga as its 79th domestic destination

IndiGo has announced Shivamogga as its 79th domestic destination. This will mark the start of services from the newly-built Shivamogga’s Kuvempu Airport.

Starting 31st August 2023, IndiGo will operate a daily flight between Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Shivamogga’s Kuvempu Airport with the following schedule:

  • Bengaluru-Shivamogga
  • Departure time: 09:50
  • Arrival time: 11:05
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: 6E7731
  • Shivamogga-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 11:25
  • Arrival time: 12:25
  • Flight time: 1 hour
  • Flight number: 6E7732

Flights will be operated by IndiGo’s 78-seater ATR72-600 aircraft.

We are pleased to add Shivamogga to our extensive domestic network. This will be our sixth destination in Karnataka, 79th in India, and will enhance trade, tourism, and mobility across the state, and beyond. By introducing air connectivity to Shivamogga, we also aim to provide easy access to neighboring areas while contributing to economic activity and employment opportunities. Direct connectivity to and from Shivamogga will also serve as a gateway to the Malenadu region, renowned for its lush greenery and scenic landscapes, further strengthening the city’s tourist appeal. We will continue to uphold our promise of providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experience across a wide network.

said Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales, IndiGo.

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Shivamogga will be the sixth destination in Karnataka in the airline’s network, after Bengaluru, Mysore, Mangaluru, Hubballi, and Belagavi.

Shivamogga, located in Karnataka on the banks of the Tunga River, is an ideal destination to experience the beauty of nature. It is often referred to as the “gateway to Malnad” as it leads to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. Blessed with natural beauty, this lesser-known hill station is a treasure of Karnataka. Five major rivers, namely Tunga, Sharavathi, Kumudavath, Tungabhadra, and Varada, flow through the city, adding to its charm. Shivamogga is also known as the “rice bowl of Karnataka” due to its fertile soil and the presence of numerous rivers. It is renowned for tourist attractions such as Jog Falls, Kodachadri, Dabbe Falls, Agumbe, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Kundadri, Madhugiri Fort and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

The newly-built Kuvempu Airport is located at a distance of 8.8 kilometres from Shivamogga. The airport will be built in two phases, the first of which was completed this year and inaugurated on 27th February 2023. The airport has a single runway which is 3.2-kilometres long, one of the longest in Karnataka.

The terminal is capable of handling up to 350 passengers in peak hours and the airport is capable of handling Airbus A321, Boeing B737 and other aircraft of the same category.

IndiGo will be the first airline to serve the airport. The airline is also expected to open more routes from Shivamogga, probably to Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad and Tirupati, as and when the market builds up.

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