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Foreign carriers look to India again

Foreign carriers look to India again
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First Published: Tue, May 05 2009. 09 49 PM IST
Updated: Tue, May 05 2009. 09 49 PM IST
Mumbai: Some foreign carriers are once again looking at India as a destination, even as others continue to prune their connectivity to India. Air Arabia, the first low fare carrier in West Asia has added one flight each on Friday and Sunday from Delhi to Dubai, taking the total number of flights every week to nine.
SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will commence operations to Hyderabad on 15 June 2009, taking over from Singapore Airlines which currently flies to this Indian city three times a week. However, Indian travel agents, who have been agitating against Singapore Airlines’ zero-commission policy, will extend their boycott to SilkAir.
For starters, SilkAir will offer five flights a week to Hyderabad against the current three being offered by Singapore Airlines. This will be increased to daily during the Northern Winter Schedule from 26 October 2009. The flights are subject to governmental approvals and slot availability.
A 20 April report from wire service Press Trust of India quoted Nordic airline Finnair as saying that would resume its Mumbai-Helsinki service starting 18 October, a sign of confidence that demand for business travel between Asia and Europe would increase.
The airline, which operates a daily flight between New Delhi and Helsinki, had suspended service to Mumbai in March citing unfavourable economic conditions and overcapacity on Mumbai-Europe routes.
“We will re-start the service on October 18,” Finnair director (Indian subcontinent) Kari Stolbow told PTI.
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First Published: Tue, May 05 2009. 09 49 PM IST