Ahead of Diwali, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport saw a massive Diwali rush on Friday night. A video gaining traction on social media showed people in huge numbers queuing at 3am with their luggage in order to board their flights.
Video of Bengaluru airport viral
“BLR airport at 3am. Diwali is here!” Twitter user Vibin Baburajan, the co-founder of the All India Start-ups Community, wrote in the caption of the post.
BLR airport at 3am. Diwali is here! pic.twitter.com/cUESii8WfG
— Vibin 👋 (@vibinbaburajan) October 20, 2022
In the video, the airport indeed looked like a shopping mall packed with people. In the following tweet, Baburajan also wrote, “A decade ago around 50 million Indians were taking flights each year. Now 3x as many Indians are flying each year (CAGR of 12%)”.
Netizens react with more videos
Reacting to the video, several other users also shared similar clips, showing a throng of people waiting in queues to board their flights. “It was a crazy morning. Still can’t believe I made it for my flight. #diwali #BLRAirport,” a user wrote while sharing a video of the crowded airport.
Yup. It was a crazy morning. Still can’t believe I made it for my flight.#diwali #BLRAirport pic.twitter.com/mVS0bOLxvk
— Pratham Y (@prathampy) October 21, 2022
Let the Diwali rush begins….#BLRAirport #Diwali @sandeeprrao1991 pic.twitter.com/cwEdwS29ic
— Pratham Y (@prathampy) October 20, 2022
Deeply saddened to see this at my favourite airport,@BLRAirport.Took us over one hour at Immigration after landing from Abu Dhabi at 3am. So disappointing. Need more counters urgently.@DGCAIndia @BLR_Airport @PIBHomeAffairs @AAI_Official#BLRAirport #bial #Kial #Bangaloreairport pic.twitter.com/4BpokztUX0
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Another user commented that the huge crowd at night was for cheap flights. “Most people reach their in night to catch early morning flight. Because cab drivers take ₹ 1500-2000 to reach at airport in morning plus always a headache of cancelling rides. In night till 11-12, Vayu vajra gives nice service,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, amid Diwali celebrations, several airlines have issued travel advisories to passengers – both domestic and international – asking them to arrive early at airports to allow sufficient time for check-in and security process.
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