Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Airlines to fly new foreign routes from Delhi, Mumbai

Mumbai: Indian air travellers can now fly non-stop to Madrid, Vancouver and Brussels this winter as airlines launch new routes to tap leisure and business travel demand.

"We are seeing a good growth in our international business. Load factors are strong. We are launching a new non-stop service between Delhi and Madrid from December 1 and increasing frequency on the Delhi-San Francisco route. We are further looking to start many new routes next year," said Air India chairperson Ashwani Lohani.

India's international traffic rose 8.9 per cent to 49.8 million passengers in FY 2016 which is the second fastest growth in the last five years. Jet Airways, Air India and Emirates are the top three carriers on international routes from India in terms of market share.

Growing travel demand is attracting new airlines to India. According to sources, RwandAir is planning a one-stop service between Kigali-Mumbai, the first such link between India and the African country, while Garuda Indonesia Airlines too is exploring flights to Mumbai and Delhi.
12/101/6 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard