Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru now connects 61 destinations across India, according to a recent report released by the airport. A positive trend in air travel to non-metro cities has been noticed.

The new additions are Jorhat (Indigo), Gorakhpur (Indigo), and Jharsuguda (Spicejet) that commenced operations in January 2021. The airport will soon launch flights to five new destinations — Rajkot, Durgapur (Spicejet), and Dibrugarh (Indigo) later this month, followed by Agra and Kurnool in March 2021.

Silchar, Darbhanga, Amritsar, Nashik, and Jabalpur are some other routes that were launched earlier in FY2020-21, taking the overall tally of new routes for the Financial Year to 13.

“Owing to renewed confidence among passengers on hygiene and safety of air travel amid the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in passenger traffic to non-metro cities. A daily average of 270 flights, carrying an average of 30,000 passengers per day, departed to non-metro cities in January 2021,” the airport said in an official release.

Improved regional connectivity has also led to a three-fold increase in transfer passengers, thereby further strengthening the airport’s position as the new gateway to India.