Saturday, December 18, 2021

Direct flights between India and Switzerland resume; Singapore Airlines brings back its A380

New Delhi: Omicron may have delayed resumption of regular international flights but India’s connectivity with the world is growing under the bubble system.

For the first time since March 2020, India will again be directly connected with Switzerland from next year. Swiss will start Zurich-Mumbai twice-weekly nonstops from January 10. The airline will connect Delhi with Zurich from March, 2022.

Indian and German carriers can now have 15 flights (by each side) weekly, up from 10 earlier. Air India and Vistara can have 15 flights between India and Germany and so can Lufthansa. The German mega carrier is using the queen of the skies, Boeing 747, on Frankfurt to Delhi and Bengaluru and Airbus A340 on Mumbai route.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Friday announced it will deploy the world’s largest commercial airliner — the double decker Airbus A380 — on India routes for the first time since March 2020.

From January 10, 2022, it its A380 will replace the Airbus A350-900 on services between Mumbai and Singapore. And from February 14, 2022, SIA will operate the A380 in place of the Boeing 787-10 on services between Delhi and Singapore.

17/12/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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