Mangaluru International Airport offering e-Visas from today

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Mangaluru | Published: April 1, 2017 4:45:17 PM

Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) today started offering e-Visa services to flyers, becoming the second airport in the state to introduce the facility.

Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) today started offering e-Visa services to flyers, becoming the second airport in the state to introduce the facility. (Reuters)

Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) today started offering e-Visa services to flyers, becoming the second airport in the state to introduce the facility. E-Visa services was being provided only at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru till now. The facility would largely benefit foreigners with tourist, medical and business visas visiting coastal Karnataka, who earlier had to either land in Mumbai or Bengaluru for approval of the e-Visa, an MIA release said.

Two exclusive counters have been created at the terminal building in MIA for e-visa holders since fingerprints of such travellers need to be taken. For faster clearance, travellers have been advised to carry a printout of the e-visa rather than keeping the same on electronic devices like tab or smart phone, it said.

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Mangaluru International Airport handles more than 40 international flight arrivals and departures per week. The flights are being operated to Dubai, Dammam, Doha, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Delhi International Airport (DIAL), a GMR-led consortium, has become the twelfth busiest airport worldwide in November 2016 as per the latest report published by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This is for the first time an Indian airport has entered the big league of top fifteen airports in the world. Delhi Airport has also recorded the highest growth rate of 19.1% across the world in November last year. The airport also crossed the 50-million passenger mark during the same period in November. Last year, it handled a record 55.64 million passengers, which is highest ever in the country. Regional airline Zoom Air in February took wings with its inaugural flight from Delhi to Durgapur, becoming the 12th operational domestic carrier.

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