Jet Airways has been granted new flying rights by the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry. With this, Jet Airways flights to more international routes will begin operations. The airline had sought rights to operate flights to Paris. This route is being currently served by national flag carrier Air India.
India’s leading private carrier, Jet Airways started operating international flights in 2009. The airline is presently serving several international destinations, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London Heathrow, Milan, Muscat, New York, Newark, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto.
Besides Jet Airways, other carriers like IndiGo and SpiceJet were also approved new flying rights by the government.
IndiGo started operating international flights late 2011 to Muscat, Kathmandu, Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok from Delhi and Mumbai. The airline is aiming to expand services on these routes, as well as fly to destinations in Southeast and West Asia from southern India.
By the end of this year, domestic airlines will be able to launch 500 international flights.