Travellers desirous of extending their exposure to the rich Indian hospitality, starting even before arriving in India or after departure from the country can rejoice!
Indian authorities have been reported to have made plans to encourage more flights to India being operated by the country’s own carriers!
The domestic aviation companies have been asked to submit their schedules for operating overseas flights till March 2014.
At present, Indian carriers Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Kingfisher are permitted to operate overseas flights from India.
The statistics reveal that where foreign airlines operate 1,356 weekly flights to the country, domestic ones operate less than 1,000 global services.
There is a growing sentiment in the Indian civil aviation sector that if foreign players will continue operating more and more flights into India then how can local players grow and make their mark in the global industry.
While the move is sure to please Indian operators and their fans, it may lead to some disappointment for airlines from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman which were looking forward to expand their flights network in India and perhaps cause an equal disappointment for their patrons booking flights to India.
Indian authorities have stated that even if different international agreements cannot be reversed, efforts can be made to ensure local players are not suffering.
In a cascading effect, the move to encourage domestic airlines to operate more flights to and from India will also transform many Indian airports into global hubs. This has so far not been possible as international operators fly passengers from the country to their own hubs connecting them to different parts of the world through their seamless network of flights worldwide.