Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why we need direct flights to India now, not after 3-4 years?

Will the forced cancellation of Prime Minister’s flight to India drive home a message to country’s top political leadership about a pressing need for a direct flight between the two countries immediately now, rather than expecting it growing organically in 3-4 years?

The general expectations among the experts of India-NZ relations have an expected horizon of 3 to 4 years before direct flights become actually operational between the two countries.

It is reported that in “absence of interest” from any major airlines so far to cover the route immediately it may take 3 to 4 years before direct flights between India and New Zealand could become operational.

This is the situation after a recently signed new deal of air services agreement between New Zealand and India earlier this year in June which opens the door for a direct flight between the two countries.
25/10/16 Indian Weekender

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