Direct AI flights to Delhi, Mumbai from Melbourne

By our community reporter

Melbourne: You can now fly to Delhi and Mumbai direct from here from November 1. A first in Australia the move is likely to strengthen trade and cultural ties between Victoria and India. Premier John Brumby and Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan today signed a deal with Air India to fly daily direct services between Melbourne and Delhi out of Melbourne Airport, starting from 1 November this year.

According to Mr. Ravi Bhatia, National Vice Chairman, Australia India Business Council (AIBC), “These direct flights are important to support
the growth of Australia- India business and bilateral relationships at all levels. Moreover, Air India’s Melbourne operation will create 78 new jobs in Australia and will significantly reduce travel times between Australia and India.

A Premier’s office media release says, Mr Brumby said Air India’s decision to make Melbourne the destination for its first direct international flights to Australia was recognition of Victoria being Australia’s premier destination for Indian tourists and businesses.
Tourism Research Australia late last year showed a 17.4 percent increase in visitors from India to Victoria in the year to March 2010.

10 comments on “Direct AI flights to Delhi, Mumbai from Melbourne

  1. hari says:

    we are very happy to see if they fly to bangalore .

  2. goldy meelu says:

    this is a great deal. thanks for indian and Victorian government.but is somebody know when these flights are going to be start?

  3. jag says:

    Where the hell is AI in Melbourne Airport???? Not surprising….good ol Indian way. Nothing gets done in stipulated time. Its over a month and 10 days since the Nov 1 flight was meant to take off. I guess they meant Nov 1, 2050.

  4. Tings says:

    Great news but all depends how much it costs :).
    Student prefer Air Asia as its cheap & reliable. Other double is Air India’s service. I had very bad experience with AI once flying from Mumbai to Singapore. Old & Grumpy Air Hostess :)

  5. sheena says:

    Any news if this is likely to happen from the 1st of Nov 2010? We are still waiting to hear about this.

  6. sukh sohal says:

    This will help a lot to all those tourist who dont like to sit long hours in the craft..connective flight is always a problem for aged people and family wid kids..i think every one will preffer to travel in this AIR INDIA…

  7. Anuraag says:

    wow!! such a good news for every indian in Victoria. finally we will get to our country as we board AI.. thank you VIC government..

  8. ASHOK SHARMA says:

    This will really help people who have their relatives in Melbourne to fly direct, specially the aged people who have little knowledge about immigration process and changing flights in another country and also those people who have special needs. THANKS AIR INDIA AND THANKS VICTORIA

  9. Anu Sharma says:

    This will really help to all indian as well as australian travelers. Now it is posible to travel delhi to melbourne and mumbai to melbourne without any cunnected flight. Really this will help a lot. I laso thankful to author to inform us via this Blog.