Air India to Connect Delhi with New International Cities

As part of its strategy to face increasing competition from Middle Eastern and South East Asian carriers, Air India is keen to start flying to new destinations this year, news sources reported. India’s national carrier plans to connect New Delhi to international cities like Birmingham, Moscow, Rome, Milan, Melbourne and Sydney, arguing that if new destinations are not opened up, Indian traffic would get routed through Abu Dhabi or Dubai airports for onward connections.

Rohit Nandan, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India said that if the government doesn’t allow to operate flights to new destinations, demand for “sixth freedom” or ferrying Indian passengers onwards from hub airports like Dubai and Singapore will automatically increase. Sixth freedom traffic rights refer to the right of any foreign airline to carry passengers or cargo from India to a third country via their own country.

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