First-ever direct service between Puget Sound and Bangalore, India

Region becoming more internationally connected

A sign of growing connections between India and the Puget Sound region:   American Airlines has announced daily non-stop service between Bangalore and Seattle to begin later this year.

The service to Bangalore will be the longest nonstop flight from Sea-Tac Airport by distance.

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, is one of the world’s top tech centers. It is India’s third-largest city, with a population of over 10 million.  Amazon and Microsoft have offices in the city.

Increasing numbers of people from India call the central Puget Sound home. Residents of central Puget Sound have among the most geographically diverse origins of any metropolitan region in the nation.  A fifth of the region’s residents speak a language other than English at home.

The Puget Sound region’s diversity and reputation as a welcoming place are economic strengths that attract global talent.

As of 2018, 85,304 people born in India lived in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue MSA (King, Pierce and Snohomish counties), with 54.7% of them coming to the U.S. in 2010 or later. Between 2017 to 2018, the Indian-born population grew 14%.

The Bangalore service is the 13th new international service to be announced or launched since 2017. The Port of Seattle is building a new International Arrivals Facility at Sea-Tac to meet the growing regional demand for international travel.

One of the goals of Amazing Place, the region’s economic strategy, is to improve on the region’s ability to compete globally – including sustaining and growing domestic and international air travel connections.

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