Sweden has said that Air India’s plan to launch non-stop flight services to its capital city Stockholm from New Delhi will boost the ties between the two countries besides promoting people-to-people relations. The flag carrier of India has announced the launch of thrice-weekly flight services to the Swedish capital from August 15. “This (New Delhi-Stockholm flight) comes at a very positive time in our relations and will continue to strengthen our partnership for the future. We appreciate the importance it will have for our bilateral relations, especially for people-to-people relations, for tourism in both directions, for students and for business and investment,” Sweden’s Minister for Trade and EU Affairs Ann Linde said.
Making the announcement, Air India’s chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani has said the new service was part of the airline’s international network expansion plan. “We are happy to announce the Delhi-Stockholm direct flight from August 15, 2017. The flight will be operated thrice a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft,” he said. Besides Stockholm, Air India plans to fly to Tel Aviv and Nairobi this year.
It has already announced plans to launch services to Washington DC, which will be the Government-owned airline’s fifth non-stop destinations after New York, Newark, San Francisco and Chicago. “For us, India is a market with great potential for Swedish Tourism. During the last five years, more and more Indians chose Sweden as their holiday destination. Beautiful nature, unique experiences and progressive lifestyle make Sweden an exciting emerging destination for Indian travellers. We look forward to a further growth of tourist flow from India to Sweden,” added Kristina Ösund, interim CEO, Visit Sweden.