May 11, 2022

air india: Tour operators urge Tatas to make Chennai Se Hub | Chennai News

CHENNAI: With the takeover of Air India by Tata Sons, travel and tour operator associations have urged the new management to restore the direct international flights the airline operated from Chennai and make the city a hub for flights in Southeast Asia like Mumbai and Delhi are now hubs for Europe.
Air India used to fly from Chennai to Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Paris. The airline continues to hold its traditional slots at Chennai Airport. It is possible to double the daily flights to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and to some destinations in Europe.
The airline had stopped flying most domestic and international routes for the past 10 years. But the slots used by the airline are available, an airport official said.
While hopes are high, travel and tour operator associations – Association of Travel Agents of India (TAAI) and Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) have urged the new leadership to take over more flights from the city. At present, Air India Express operates ‘bubble air’ flights.
The TAAI in its message said that the efficiency of the new management will help Air India “to exploit operating assets like lucrative routes to South East Asia, Latin America and Australia”. With simple improvements in service consistency, Air India’s bilateral agreements are goldmines.
The airline could use its available slots at congested foreign airports like London and New York, said P Murugesan, a member of TAAI’s national steering committee.
Bhaskar, national committee member, TAFI, said travelers might have better options. “Flights from Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have good demand. Business travelers will have a good option if flights to Europe resume. »