Saturday, March 04, 2017

Air India announces direct flights between New Delhi, Tel Aviv

India's largest airline, Air India, on Thursday announced plans to launch direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi, saying that it plans to have three weekly flights on the route, which is expected to become operational in May.

The route is expected to serve the increasing number of Indian tourists visiting Israel and Israelis traveling to India as a result of the strong ties developed between the two countries.

Direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi are currently available only on Israeli carrier El Al.

According to Israel Airports Authority data, travel between Israel and India has grown significantly in recent years, and the number of passengers flying directly between the two countries reached 158,000 in 2016.

"We're continuing to develop airports in Israel and pushing down prices, so that the consumer revolution reaches every household, and the Israeli public will be the main beneficiary. More airlines and airplanes flying to and from Israel enhance competition for the Israeli consumer and lower ticket prices substantially," Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz was quoted as saying by the financial daily Globes.
03/03/17 IIan Gattegno,Daniel Siryoti/Israel Hayom

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