Tag: Air India

Air India farewell to Madhu Menon after 4 yrs stint in Australia

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By our community reporter

Melbourne, 16 March: Air India staff, community leaders and the travel fraternity today bid farewell to Madhu Menon, who is joining as international marketing head at the Air India headquarters in New Delhi soon.

Madhu Menon has completed his four year’s term with Air India in Melbourne and is credited with kicking off and consolidating Air India’s services between Australia and India.

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Addressing the gathering Madhu Menon said, “the Air India Australia sector was the most successful one.”

“Air India has been successful in this sector because of the support of the community and the hard work of its staff,” he said.

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Monika Thukral, the new Airport Manager, Melbourne said, “Madhu has been a big support in her new assignment in Australia.”

Many including Mitu Bhowmick, Mind Blowing Films, the travel fraternity including Ashwani of Gaura Travels and Srikant among others wished Madhu all the best for his new assignment and felt he will be missed here.

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.