International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) had the landing of Air
India flight 176 from San Francisco (SFO) Jan 11today, the first non –stop
flight between Bengaluru and the United States.
This flight is Air India’s longest route in its network at
The flight, which
will operate twice weekly to start, is Air India’s longest route in its network
at approx.14,000 km (8,698 miles) and the longest flight to and from India
(approximately 16 hours). Despite the current subdued pandemic environment, the
maiden flight from SFO was booked to capacity in all classes. This stands
testament to the potential demand on this sector. This route is also one of the
top 10 longest routes in the World, in terms of distance flown.
The start of this
non-stop route marks a significant milestone for BLR Airport as it becomes the
first city in South India to connect with the United States.
This fulfils a long pending demand of Bangaloreans
Hari Marar, MD
& CEO, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), said, “It is a historic day
for us at BLR Airport as we now a have non-stop route that connects two cities
renowned for their technology prowess across the world. This fulfils a long
pending demand of Bangaloreans and I am confident that this new route will
further transform BLR by connecting people and businesses. At BIAL, we will
continue to explore new routes that connect Bengaluru to key destinations
across the world.”
The BLR-SFO route,
which is in great demand, would enable faster and easier access to cities on
the West Coast of the United States.
This is the first
non-stop flight between Bengaluru and the United States, connecting the world’s
two tech hubs and sister cities – the original Silicon Valley and the Silicon
Valley of India. With Air India being a Star Alliance Member, convenient
connections would be offered to passengers travelling onward. Hence, with the
introduction of BLR-SFO flight, traffic flows will not be limited to only SFO,
but to the surrounding regions as well.