AI, others plan direct flights to top global destinations

These are some of the hottest international destinations and 2.42 million people visit these from India every year. But passengers flying to these 15 – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milan-Malpensa, Washington-Dulles, Vancouver, Boston, Rome-Fiumicino, Jakarta, Seattle, Lagos, Manila, Tel Aviv, Brisbane, Auckland and Barcelona – are forced to take transit flights from other international hubs in the absence of direct flights from the country.

That is set to change soon, with state-owned Air India (armed with its Dreamliners) and some other leading international airlines negotiating with Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) to operate direct flights to seven of these destinations – Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Jakarta, Lagos, Manila, Tel Aviv and Barcelona – and cash in on the large untapped market.

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