Submitted by Rashmi on Tue, 2016-12-13 20:16 Bengaluru: Jet Airways has launched a daily direct flight from Bengaluru to Singapore from Tuesday, thereby fulfilling a long-pending demand of people in the city for direct connectivity to Singapore. Speaking to media persons, Praveen Iyer, Jet Airways, Vice-President (Commercial), India, said, "Jet Airways already operates twice daily flights from Mumbai and Delhi and a single daily flight from Chennai to Singapore. The new flight 9W 024 will depart Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport at 11.10 am and arrive in Singapore at 4.10 pm (local time). The return flight 9W 023 will leave Singapore at 7.15 pm to arrive in Bengaluru at 9.15 pm." There is more good news. From January 5, 2017, the airline will also launch its third international direct daily flight from Bengaluru to Colombo. "Bengaluru will be the second city after Mumbai to be linked to Colombo through Jet Airways. This will provide travellers a convenient link between Indian IT hub and Colombo," he added. Jet Airways will operate state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on both these routes. Increase in demand Praveen said that a two-year Jet Airways study had shown "an encouraging 15�ear-on-year growth from Singapore to south Indian cities, especially Bengaluru". "There are people who also visit friends and relatives in Bengaluru other than business corporates," he said. Why Bengaluru? When asked on selecting Bengaluru to launch their international flights, Praveen named the city's weather and the presence of a huge population of techies as the reasons. "Ratio of people travelling to different places to people staying in Bengaluru is 1:6," he added.