Monday, July 23, 2012

NEWS | 'Australia-India air route needs 3.45 lakh more seats by 2020'

 With airlines like Air India planning to launch non-stop flights to Australia in a few months, a study has estimated that the growth in air traffic between the two countries would require an additional 3,45,000 seats by 2020.

Currently, there are no direct flights between the two countries and most Indian travellers pass through Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur to visit Australia.
"It is estimated that an extra 345,000 seats will be required by 2020 to meet the expected demand from India," the study by Tourism Australia said, adding that its aviation development strategy would focus on developing air traffic from Delhi and Mumbai.
Indian and Australian airlines, at present, serve the route through code-share arrangement, though "sufficient capacity is available for airlines of both sides to commence services should they choose to," the report said.


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