Air India agrees to explore feasibility of nonstop service to Perth

    India‘s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) stated (24-Oct-2018) Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha met with Western Australia’s Tourism Minister Paul Papalia to discuss plans to establish nonstop India-Perth connectivity. Air India chairman and MD Pradeep Singh Kharola was also in attendance and MoCA reported “Air India has agreed to explore the business case for the route”. Mr Papalia said “the Western Australian Government is serious about growing the number of visitors travelling to Western Australia from India, which is why we have committed marketing funds for the first time and appointed a market representative to work with travel trade and Tourism Australia to promote the State”. Mr Sinha noted “India has a very open air service agreement with Australia. It encourages both Indian and Australian airlines to consider making use of the liberal arrangements to mount more flights between the two countries”.