From Guangzhou in China to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania to Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Male in Maldives will soon see Indian carriers operating regular flights.

This follows the Indian Government allowing Indian carriers to start operations to these and many more cities around the globe.

Official sources told Business Line that the Chennai-based low-cost airline SpiceJet has been allowed to start operating 35 weekly services, including a daily service to Guangzhou, Riyadh and Hong Kong.

The Delhi-based low-cost airline IndiGo has been allowed to operate 63 weekly flights, including a daily service to Kathmandu and Jeddah.

Jet Airways has been permitted to launch seven weekly flights to both Dhaka and Chittagong and Dar-es-Salaam.

Taking advantage of the granted international traffic rights, some airlines have already started flying to some of these destinations. SpiceJet has announced that it will start a three-times-a-week service to Kabul from August 14. It will also launch a daily flight connecting Dubai and Delhi. Similarly, IndiGo is to launch a second daily service from Delhi to Bangkok and a daily flight to Dubai from Delhi. Both the services are to begin in August.

“The airlines need to launch these flights during the ongoing summer schedule that finishes at the end of October. The Government will soon hold a review meeting to see what their implementation schedule has been,” a senior Government official said.

(This article was published on July 30, 2012)
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