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October 5th 2018

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Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will add six international destinations this month: Milan, Tashkent, Manchester, Male, Phuket and New York’s JFK Airport. Read More »

Air Italy, the Qatar Airways subsidiary formerly known as MeridianaFly, will launch a five times a week A330-200 service from Milan Malpensa Airport, Uzbekistan Airways will add a three times a week A320 route to Tashkent and Jet Airways will mount five-weekly A330-200 flights to Manchester, its first new long-haul destination in more than two years.

India’s flag carrier, state-controlled Air India, has launched a three times a week B777-300ER route from Mumbai to New York’s JFK International Airport on October 4. The Star Alliance member also serves Mumbai-Newark and Delhi-JFK daily, respectively. The addition of Mumbai-JFK nonstop flights has eliminated a stopover in Delhi that has reduced the journey time by four hours.

The Mumbai-New York market will experience a significant capacity increase in the next six months. In addition to the new Air India service, Delta Air Lines has announced a return to Mumbai in 2019. United Airlines upgraded its daily Mumbai-Newark service from a B777-200ER to the larger B777-300ER on October 1 and introduced its Polaris business class to the route.

Separately, Air India launched a four times a week Mumbai-Frankfurt B787-8 service this week. The carrier last flew the route in 2010. Lufthansa continues linking Mumbai and Frankfurt daily with B747-8s.

On the low-cost carrier front, Mumbai-headquartered GoAir will launch daily A320 flights from its hub to Phuket and Male from October 12 and October 14, respectively. These are GoAir’s maiden international routes.

GoAir was founded in 2005 by Jehangir Wadia, son of Indian industrialist Nusli Wadia. The airline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Wadia Group. The LCC operates 41 A320ceo and A320neo and has 122 A320neo on order.

Mumbai Airport is India’s second busiest airport after Delhi. Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport handled more than 48.5 million passengers in the year to March 31, making it the 14th busiest airport in the Asia-Pacific and the 29th busiest globally. Last year, it overtook London's Gatwick Airport as the world's busiest single operational runway.

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