National carrier Air India’s entry into Star Alliance will help boost the number of international transit passengers the country handles, a top executive of the global airlines grouping has said.
Experts say that Air India’s direct flights to some US cities will provide a convenient option for West-bound passengers of Star Alliance partners Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.
Similarly, direct Air India flights from New Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne will benefit passengers of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. “Indeed, we will see many passengers connecting at Indian airports once Air India has become a member,” Christian Klick, vicepresident, corporate office, at Star Alliance, told ET. “This is a natural consequence of convenient flight schedules within an airline alliance. The new and modern infrastructure at several Indian airports will definitely support this development.”
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