11 new international routes opened for Indian carriers
The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday announced the opening of 11 new international sectors under the Bilateral Air Services Agreements.
The new sectors are: Mumbai-Dar-es-Salaam; Delhi-Guangzhou; Delhi-Yangon; Delhi-Tashkent; Delhi-Ho-Chi-Minh City; Delhi-Hanoi; Delhi-Almaty; Delhi-Macao; Delhi-Addis Ababa; Delhi-Melbourne and Delhi-Sydney, according to a Ministry release.
“This is a major step taken by the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, to ameliorate the already stressed sector and to make air travel more affordable to people,” the Ministry said. With this, the services of Air India and Air India Express will increase from 430 flights a week during winter 2011 to 471 a week in summer 2012. These will include increase of services from 94 to 109 on the Dubai sector, from 39 to 47 on the Abu Dhabi sector, from 33 to 49 on the Sharjah sector, from 12 to 21 on the Doha sector, and from 42 to 48 services on the Saudi Arabia sector.
The services of Air India and Air India Express will further increase from 471 services a week in summer 2012 to 577 in winter 2012.