Mangalore International Airport (IATA: IXE, ICAO: VOML), is an international airport serving the coastal city of Mangalore, India. It is one of the two international airports in Karnataka, the other being Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore. Mangalore International Airport is the second busiest airport in Karnataka. In addition to domestic destinations, flights depart daily for major cities in the Middle East. The airport was named Bajpe Aerodrome, when it opened on 25 December 1951, former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrived then on a Douglas DC-3 aircraft.