British holiday makers in India looking for a further travel to Australia will soon be able to pick a direct flight to the land of kangaroos. As of now, there is no direct, non-stop connection between India and Australia and travellers taking inbound flights to India are required to make a stopover at destinations like Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.
State-run carrier Air India, a popular option for inbound and outbound flights to India, has plans to initiate non-stop services to Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne by the end of October this year.
A Tourism Australia study has estimated that the mushrooming air traffic between India and Australia would require an extra 3, 45, 000 seats on flights operating between the two destinations by 2020. The report also states that Delhi and Mumbai airports would be on focus for developing the air traffic on the sector.
The report enunciates that Australia-India sector is under-served by the airlines. Tourism Australia emphasises that there are enough business opportunities for airlines on both sides in case they choose to ply direct flights on the route. It is also suggested that Tourism Australia will work with Indian airlines and other carriers to look for opportunities and partnership solutions.
India has blossomed as Australia’s one of most valuable inbound travel markets with Indian travellers AUD 867 million to the Australian economy in 2011.
Surely, with Australian authorities keen to serve the Indian travel market, travellers from India are likely be benefited from increased frequency of flights as and when convenient connections with Australia are offered.