Foreign Airlines inflow increase in India
International airlines might be cutting flights to destinations around the world, in the wake of the worldwide slump in business but they are doing just the opposite in India because they believe that the country’s international air traffic will only grow in the coming years. Large carriers already operating to India such as British Airways and Emirates are either increasing the number of flights to India cities, while smaller players such as RAK airways and Garuda Indonesia are starting to fly into the country.
KINGFISHER LAUNCHES BANGALORE LONDON FLIGHTS FROM SEPTEMBER 3
Kingfisher Airlines launched its first international operation with Bangalore to London flights from September 3. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has conveyed its approval for the grant of traffic rights to Deccan Aviation Limited in the India-UK sector. Traffic rights of seven services per week have been granted between Bangalore and London (Heathrow) utilising A-330 aircraft. Prior to this, the Government had designated Deccan Aviation Limited as Indian Schedule Carrier effective from 26 August, 2008 to: USA, UK, Singapore, UAE, Thailand, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Pakistan. This had been done to help the airline to undertake preparatory work like regulatory clearances, obtaining of airport space, opening of booking offices etc .
ETIHAD STARTS FLIGHTS TO MADRAS AND CALICUT, EYES MORE INDIAN DESTINATIONS
After launching daily services from Abu Dhabi to Madras and Calicut (Kozhikode), Etihad Airways of UAE has also secured flying rights to two further cities in Calcutta and Jaipur. The airline also plans to add Ahmedabad, Amristar, Bangalore, and Hyderabad to its network. The airline now operates a total of 728 weekly flights 48 destinations in Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia compared to 494 in the same season last year.
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