According to the leading Indian Magazine in Australia, Indians in Australia will be more than happy to know that Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has made a big announcement during his visit to Sydney and Melbourne. Air India will now be increasing the frequency of flights currently from seven flights a week to ten flights a week between India and Australia.
“The response to Air India’s non-stop dream liner between Delhi and Sydney/Melbourne has been overwhelming and we will be deploying the additional flights on this route in the second quarter of 2017,” said Mr. Lohani.
There are many travelers who travel between India and Australia for Business, Tourism, Holidaying etc. and consideration was given to Airlines like Air India and Kuwait Airways so that they cover such sectors where frequently many customers travel.
Currently India’s national carrier is operating seven flights a week to Sydney and Melbourne, which will increase the frequency to 10 from next year.
In 2013 the triangular air service was lunched between Sydney, Melbourne and Delhi. Currently it operates four weekly flights between New Delhi to Sydney using Boeing 787 Dream Liner and from Delhi to Melbourne three flights weekly using Boeing 787.
Due to the rapid growth over the last 3 years in Australia, Indian market is ultimately promoting Australian lobby for more direct services. The total passenger traffic between Australia and India is up approximately 30% and visitor’s arrival from India to Australia is up more than 50% since mid-2013.
Indian tourists are attracted towards Australia for it’s leisure holiday destination, Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef and unique animal species, including kangaroos. The geographical vast country provides sightseers with aquatic, coastal, nature and wildlife experiences among other attractions.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia attracts approximately 242,000 Indian resident visitors in the year. Indian visitors to Australia numbers grew 9.4% year-over-year, broadly matching 10% growth in total visitor’s number.
From August 2013 Air India has started triangular routing combining Melbourne and Sydney and reentered the Australian market. The surge over the last three years is because of the launch of services to Australia by Air-India.
Due to vast number of travelers between India and Australia is the only reason behind the possible launch of non-stop flights to India by Australian carriers.
However, Air India accounts for a relatively small share of total Australia-India passengers and Air India has experienced approximately half of the total growth by the Australia-India market since it’s Australia launch, so increasing the frequency of flights from seven flights a week to ten flights a week between India and Australia is a huge advantage to Air India.