Thursday, December 06, 2018

International airlines express interest to fly from Chennai

Chennai: The city airport, which has not seen new routes on international sector in the past few years, have started to get requests from foreign airlines for flights to new destinations.
A senior official of AAI said three airlines — All Nippon Airways (Japan), Alitalia (Italy) and Finnair (Finland) — had enquired about possibility of starting flights to the respective countries from Chennai.
“Representatives from Finnair were at the airport and held discussions about starting the service recently while the other two airlines had approached sometime ago,” said the official.
All Nippon wanted to start a direct flight to Tokyo while the Italian airlines wanted to start flights to Rome.
Sources said the airlines saw a potential in cargo and passenger traffic from Chennai. Direct flights to Europe are few. Now, there is a direct Jet Airways flight to Paris, another Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt and a British Airways flight to London.
“There is a good trade connection between Japan and Chennai which must be the reason the airline wanted to start a flight. There is potential for business and leisure travel to the fareast including Hong Kong,” said an airline official.
06/12/18 Times of India
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