Mangaluru: Kuwait flight schedule changed, fare hiked - Passengers inconvenienced

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 27: The flight schedule of the night flight to Kuwait from here has been changed to daytime. As a result, passengers from coastal Karnataka and Malnad region are facing hardships for the last 18 months. The flight charges have been hiked. The flight has not resumed operations even after the second wave ended. Therefore people from the coast and Malnad are now opting to travel through Kannur airport.

In the past, the flight to Kuwait used to leave at 8.45 pm and reach Kuwait at 11.15 pm. From Kuwait, the flight departed at 12.15 am and reached the city at 7.30 am. This timing was very convenient for the passengers who used to leave or arrive here on Thursdays and Fridays.

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In the past, the passengers who left Kuwait late night on Thursdays used to reach here on Friday morning. The weekly offs in Kuwait are on Friday and Saturday. These two days could be put to use beneficially. People coming on a week's holiday could make the best use of this timing. When going to Kuwait too they used to get rest for a day and start work on Sunday.

After the first lockdown, the Air India flight schedule to Kuwait was suddenly changed when the flights resumed. So far no plausible reason could be attributed to this change. This time, the schedule was changed from night to day. Now the flight leaves Mangaluru at 7 am and reaches Kuwait via Bahrain at 11.05 am. From there, it leaves at 12.15 pm and reaches here at 7.15 pm. This time table of Wednesdays and Saturdays is not convenient for the people of coastal Karnataka and Malnad employed in Kuwait. Now people have to leave during the mid-week. They have to arrive at the airport three hours in advance to catch the 7 am flight. From Kuwait, they have to leave during the day. The timing is not at all suitable for NRI Kannadigas from Kuwait who have weekly offs during the week ends. Therefore the travellers have been demanding to stick to the earlier schedule. Various organisations including Kuwait Tulukoota, Kuwait Kerala, Muslim Association Karnataka, GSB Sabha and Tulukoota have submitted petitions through MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, but so far the time table has not undergone any change.

After Covid19 second wave, flights to other nations have resumed but not to Kuwait and Dammam. The passengers hope that if the flights begin in November, the schedule will be changed to a convenient time but the Air India Officials are not ready to commit anything.

Kannur advantage

The flight charges between Mangaluru to Kuwait is ten to fifteen thousand more than normal. It keeps changing. Airfare from Kannur to Kuwait is quite cheaper as compared to Mangaluru, regular travellers say. Air India officials say that this is so because of higher air traffic to other countries from Kannur. Many passengers are opting to travel from Kannur, which adversely affects the financial interests of Mangaluru.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said that the Kannadigas in Kuwait have demanded to revert to the previous flight schedule. He said he has forwarded them to the flight operators and the Airports Authority of India. He said he is confident that the change will be affected in the next time table.






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  • Simon, Mlore / Kwt

    Sat, Oct 30 2021

    Direct flights from Mlore to Kuwait are up on Airindia Express website!

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    I like how people blame Nalin Kumar Kateel for all their ills. I blame their myopic vision and lack of knowledge on how things work in the power corridors, not just today, but since 1947. Nalin is an MP. Most MPs from south except TN do not have tooth in Delhi. You elect Bava or Lobo to Parliament, it will still be the same. JP could only bankrupt Syndicate Bank, except that he also could not do much. DK must force all the parties to select mature candidates from their constituency who know how to navigate through the power corridors and get work done for Mangalore. Same holds for Karnataka also. Which party does not matter. Last but not least, Air India is no more under GOI. It is under professional management which I hope will not involve political interference and bring quality service.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Nalini can sort out such issues... Like pumpwell flyover and over and over and over and excellent cover drive..... Amazing man.. Dollar vs rupees.

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Contact Shobhakka. Efficient leader

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Instead of paying exorbitant fares and experiencing inconvenient timings, better carry limited luggage, land at Mumbai early morning, get refreshed at a nearby lodge (available cheaper on hourly basis), catch Matysagandha Train at 2 pm and travel comfortably to Mangalore, enjoying the serene exquisite beauty of the Konkan coast. This cheap and best piece of advice is for bachelors / single travelers only.

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  • Abdul, Vidya Nagar, Kasaragod.

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Use Kerala airport ( kannoor or Calicut ).

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  • vishwadeepak, mangalore/dxb

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    no worry , just 15laxa modi saab na kiseg padle....suiinya ...arna flight de buddbarper ! oikla ...onji parachute kattonle berik...janatha guaranty ijji ..nadut nukerla yaavu pombe pandh !!

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Wed, Oct 27 2021


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Cynthia, Kindly stop making fun of your Admirer ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Whom i made fun of now 😏 ?? I felt like laughing at the comment of korle kai...Your name he didnt mention my admirer...When hundreds people write against you, you are ok with them..If i laugh, you always feel bad since 3 years....Why ? Am i your enemy ??

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Adani ports profit alreadty increased by 33%.....Andh bhakts adani na loss avere

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Aviation has become very cheap ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    If cheap then tumi zawa na kuwail laa. Apna dosth milnaar tithe

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  • Vishnu Vardhan, Bajpe

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Voighi cynthi!

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Haa voi. Tu kithun ? Patho na ? Manjula kashi asa ? Gammath gi shooting ? Kori keshava melthaye tuka ? Tane kunkad dadta mun voras zale....patho na

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Jossey S Thane,cheap means which way ?Monetory or quality?I find if one can travel with bus ,is it better to travel from Bombay by bus?anyone has experience?

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