According to news reports, Air India Ltd has withdrawn its ten direct flights to international destinations in the last three years due to poor passenger load, the PTI reported. The airline, which operates flights from 59 domestic destinations, started flights to six new international destinations during the same period, the Lok Sabha was informed recently. “Air India had withdrawn its services on Mumbai-Nairobi-Mumbai sector, Chennai-Kuala Lumpur-Chennai sector, Kozhikode-Mumbai- Kuwait sector, Bengaluru-Singapore-Bengaluru sector, Hyderabad-Sharjah-Hyderabad sectors in 2010,” K C Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India told the Lok Sabha.
In 2011, the national withdrew services on Chennai-Damman-Chennai sector, while services on Kochi-Kozhikode-Dammam, Thiruvananthapuram- Dammam, Mumbai-Dammam, Hyderabad-Dammam and Amritsar-Delhi- Toronto sector were cancelled last year, he said.
Venugopal said Air India has introduced services on Delhi-Chicago and Mumbai-Newark routes in 2010, Chennai-Paris via Delhi in 2011 and Delhi-Bahrain, Delhi-Dhala in 2012 and Kolkata-Dhaka service this year.