Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Global air fares to dip with new players

New Delhi: As many as five new international airlines from across the globe have sought the government nod to cruise into the Indian skies the coming winter. The new entrants this winter include Air China, Finnair, NOK Air, Condor and EuroFly.
While Air China plans to start operations into India with a thrice-weekly direct flight between Delhi and Beijing, the airline also intends to later include Guangzhou in its flight path. Finland’s flag carrier Finnair is another new carrier set to debut on the India route this October, with a thrice-weekly connection to Delhi. Sources said Condor Airlines plans to operate twice weekly scheduled flights to Goa this winter in an attempt to cash-in on the vacation travel rush. EuroFly from Italy, is understood to be preparing to touch down on the Indian airports this winter. The only low-cost carrier in this lot of new entrants will be NOK Air of Thailand. The airline is said to be in dialogue with Directorate General of Civil Aviation to start flight operations to India.
06/09/06 Byas Anand/Times of India
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