With business dealings growing between Sweden and India, there is a great need for more access between the capitals of the two countries. Today passengers flying between them are divided equally between leisure and business travellers, as is the number of Indian and Swedish passengers in both directions. With the new air link, Swedish travellers will get not just a new route but also improved access to other destinations in Asia via Air India’s hub in Delhi.
Making the announcement, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman & Managing Director of Air India said, “As part of Air India’s international route network expansion plans, 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.”
“We are many who have worked hard to make a direct flight between Stockholm and New Delhi a reality. A direct flight to India, the world’s second most populated country with an economy that is growing and developing in a rapid pace, means a lot for Swedish growth and job creation. Air India’s decision is therefore highly welcomed”, says Mikael Damberg, Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation.
“I am very pleased by today’s announcement. We have worked long and hard to get a direct line between Stockholm and Delhi. We see great benefits for the trade and investment flows, as well as for the business community as a whole", says Ulrika Cederskog Sundling, VP Invest & Region Sweden at Business Sweden.