12 Apr 2021
India Aviation Industry Newsletter 12 April
Air India Express announces flights from Riyadh and Dubai
Air India Express has announced flights from Riyadh and Dubai. The carrier will operate multiple flights between Riyadh and India to Kozhikode and Kannur and Dubai to Mumbai.
Air Seychelles resumes flights on Seychelles-Mumbai route
Air Seychelles announced it has resumed twice weekly flights on the Seychelles-Mumbai route from 8 April in accordance with an air bubble arrangement formed between India and the island nation.
Almost half of Indians eager to resume international travel: Amadeus
Almost half of the Indian’s are willing to travel abroad within six weeks of all restrictions being lifted post the pandemic, a survey by travel technology firm Amadeus highlighting the importance of foreign travel in the itinerary of those surveyed. The study, which included 1,000 Indians, also showed that 93% of Indian travellers would be comfortable using a digital health passport for future trips as the appetite to travel remains high. 79% of Indian travellers would be willing to store their travel health data electronically if it meant it will enable them to travel sooner, and if it enabled them to pass through the airport faster with less face-to-face interactions with others. Amadeus head of R&D, APAC Mani Ganeshan said “As businesses navigate out of the global pandemic, the future of travel looks optimistic. This study offers a clear roadmap for the industry, by acknowledging the appetite for technologies that can address the concerns of travellers, whether it is better access to information or reducing physical proximity.”
Boeing drives India-North America nonstop market
Boeing’s MD Marketing for India and APAC Dave Schulte said “The entire India-North America nonstop market is served 100% by our Boeing 787 Dreamliners and B777. A number of new routes to North America have been started by Air India using the B777. United (Bengaluru-San Francisco and Delhi-Chicago); American Airlines (Bengaluru-Seattle) and Air Canada (Delhi-Montreal) have all been announced using the B787-9. We see more widebodies being required for direct long hauls in coming times.”
India finalised an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka
India has finalised an air bubble agreement with its neighbouring country, Sri Lanka, stated the civil aviation ministry. All the eligible passengers will be able to travel between the two countries in the near future.The civil aviation ministry stated with this agreement India has finalised an air bubble agreement with six countries in the SAARC region and 28 countries in total.
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