A-I To Further Capacity And Connectivity

New Delhi, Sept 24: | Updated: Sep 25 2003, 05:30am hrs
The civil aviation ministry has given the go-ahead to Air-India (A-I) to link more destinations in US and Europe and add capacity to and from Ahmedabad. The move also coincides with the Vibrant Gujarat- Global Investors Summit which will be held in Ahmedabad from September 28.

In the schedule of summer 2004, a pattern of operations is being worked out to link Ahmedabad with London by once-a-week flight. Addition-ally, we will have a daily flight to Newark in US from October as there is a sizeable Ahmedabad-oriented population there, an A-I official said.

Now there will be direct connections from Chicago and London for expatriates to travel to Ahmedabad as a sizeable Gujarati community reside in these places, official sources said.

In the winter schedule, A-I will operate 5 flights linking Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Paris-Newark, which will be an increase from the existing schedule of three.

Gujarat will also be connected on the routes, Ahmedabad-Mumbai-London-New York and Chicago-London-Mumbai-Ahmedabad once a week. Additionally, by December 2003, Chicago will be connected to Ahmedabad over Mumbai six times, as against the existing frequency of three.

Also, on September 23, A-I operated a revised route adding Ahmedabad on Chicago-London-Mumbai route.

The approvals of connecting Ahmedabad with US and Europe have been taken following a letter from Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to the civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy recently.

A-I has also confirmed to Gujarat Tourism its support in the joint promotion of the Navratri festival, which is a popular festival of the state. This year, Gujarat is gearing up to celebrate Navratri on an international scale from September 26 to October 5.

In order to combine the spirit of fun and enterprise, Gujarat along with Unido, Ficci and CII is organising the global investors summit thereby showcase the emerging opportunities of investing in the state. Corporate leaders from various countries are expected to participate in the summit.