The FINANCIAL — Sydney Airport has welcomed Air India’s announcement that it will provide the only non-stop service between Sydney and India, effective 17 May 2015.
Air India is now offering four weekly non-stop flights from Sydney to Delhi, providing a convenient connection to India, according to Sydney Airport.
“India is one of Sydney Airport’s fastest growing markets so we’re pleased that this non-stop Sydney-India service will improve convenience for a growing number of passengers,” Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.
“Sydney has Australia’s highest number of residents with Indian ancestry so there’s strong demand for a non-stop service between India and Sydney.
“This Air India service provides one-stop access to all major Indian destinations, as well as the airline’s large network in the region and across Europe.
“Air India also provides travellers with a fantastic product, operating its brand new B787 Dreamliner on the route, featuring state-of-the-art aircraft technology.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the new non-stop service will boost visitation from one of the State’s most important markets.
“India is a rapidly growing source of visitors for NSW, and this new Air India service between Sydney and Delhi will make it easier for Indian tourists to come directly to our State. In the year end September 2014, NSW welcomed more than 67,000 visitors from India, with a visitor spend of approximately $192 million, and this new service will help ensure this visitation continues to grow,” Mr Ayres said.
For connections from Australia to the UK, Italy, Paris and Frankfurt with a stopover time of between eight and 24 hours in Delhi, Air India provides free hotel accommodation at Delhi Airport, with no visa required. Air India also offers free onward travel at no extra cost between Delhi and eleven Indian cities, and onward travel at a nominal cost to an additional 40 Indian cities.