American Airlines to introduce direct flight between Bengaluru and Seattle
Bengaluru, February 15, 2020
American Airlines will launch a direct flight between Bengaluru and Seattle from October, 2020, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said here today.
"Passengers from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB) can soon fly directly to Seattle (United States) as American Airlines announced the launch of a new route, scheduled to commence from October 2020," the release said.
This would be the first non-stop flight between Bengaluru and the United States. The daily service between Bengaluru airport and Seattle Tacoma Airport is expected meet corporate customers' demand for travel to Seattle and adjoining areas in the US.
The airline plans to operate a 285=seater Boeing 787-9 aircraft on the route, the release said.
"The American Airlines flight between Bengaluru and Seattle will help further establish BLR Airport as the gateway to a New India. This will create tremendous benefit for passengers travelling between the two countries. We will continue to explore attractive routes that connect Bengaluru to some of the most important destinations in India and abroad," said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.
The release said the new route would give passengers easier and faster access to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Denver, Arizona, Dallas, Chicago, West Coast and East states on a one-stop flight as compared to multiple stopovers in the past.
Bengaluru airport recently launched new routes to Amsterdam and Addis Ababa, with Tokyo and Munich scheduled to begin shortly. With this, BLR will connect to 28 international destinations.
American Airlines said the first direct flight from Seattle to Bengaluru would be available for purchase later this month with daily flights beginning October 2020.
“Beginning West Coast international service from Seattle will complement American’s strong existing international network from LAX,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President, Network Strategy. “India is a grossly underserved market, despite the number of businesses with a major presence in both India and the West Coast. By adding Seattle to Bangalore, we’re giving customers from more than 70 U.S. cities access to India in one stop or less — versus the two, three or four stops they’d have to make to get there in the past."