Travellers from Australia will now be able to fly directly to New Delhi and vice versa, courtesy Air India. The national carrier of India will resume its flight service to Australian cities – Sydney and Melbourne starting August. The last time it operated flights between India and Australia was way back in 1997. Air India commercial director, Deepak Brara, stated that flight services to Australia were to be resumed earlier than this; however, with delay in the delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Air India was forced to postpone its plans. There are also reports that the international airlines wanted to operate direct flights to Melbourne and Sydney to give benefits of non-stop services to both the cities; however, for the time being the carrier has a triangular flight schedule starting from New Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne, and then back to New Delhi.
Boost to Tourism
The governments of Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) went out of their way to persuade Air India to operate flights to their capitals, and have also offered landing concessions at the Melbourne and Sydney airports. With these flight operations, there is a high possibility of tourism boost in both countries. According to the figures of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, India is one of the top 20 destinations in the world where Australians like to visit. Since 2001, there has been a rise of 12 percent in terms of visitors to India from Australia. This is good news for not only India, but Australia too as they expect a large influx of tourists to their land from here.
There are two routes that the new Boeing 787 aircraft from Air India will operate – Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne and Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney. There are four days scheduled for the first route while three days for the second. Since these services will start from August, ticket bookings have already begun. To check out the lowest international airfare for these flights, you can log on to the official website of Air India. Alternatively, you can get details of these flights on leading travel websites.