British Airways, Dragonair increase flights to India

BRITISH Airways (BA) will start a sixth London-Chennai flight from October 27, operating daily except Thursday using Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

With the addition, BA’s flights to India’s five cities will now total 48 weekly.

Christopher Fordyce, regional commercial manager – South Asia, BA, said in a press release: “Chennai forms a very critical part of our India strategy…we have witnessed tremendous growth in Chennai from both business and leisure categories in the past and expect these segments to grow exponentially in future.”

Meanwhile, Dragonair has increased its service from Hong Kong to Kolkata from four to five flights weekly this month, adding capacity to a busy route from the eastern Indian gateway to Hong Kong, Macau and beyond, through its own and Cathay Pacific networks.

Anil Punjabi, chairman-east, Travel Agents Federation of India, said: “The addition of flights to Chennai and Kolkata signifies the growth of outbound tourism and business travel from these two key Indian metro cities. These services should be permanent and not offered only during high season for continuity in travel planning.”

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