WASHINGTON: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday that Air India will launch nonstop service between Washington, DC, and Delhi in early July.
India’s national carrier will offer three nonstop, roundtrip flights per week between the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and the Washington Dulles International Airport near the US capital, The American Bazaar.
It will be Air India’s fifth US getaway after New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco.
A press release issued by McAuliffe’s office said the flight will bring in “an additional 30,000 tourist and business travelers and $30 million in total economic impact annually” to the Washington area.
In 2015, the Washington area welcomed more than 122,000 visitors from India, “more than a 25 percent increase from 2014 visitation figures, making India the fourth largest overseas market,” the release said.
“Today, we celebrate a new bridge between India and the Capital Region, showing that Virginia will continue to be open and welcoming to all international travelers,” said McAuliffe.
The Virginia governor said he had met with Air India executives and recruited the airline to Dulles during his November 2015 “trade and marketing mission to India.”