AI plans direct flights to Frankfurt

Kochi: Air India (AI) plans to launch direct flight services to Frankfurt from Kerala, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. Air India's chairman and managing director, V Thulasi Das told reporters at Kochi International Airport that Air India would take over aircrafts on lease to meet the increasing demand. The services of more pilots and staff will also be made available. The proposal is currently awaiting government approval.

He also said that the board of directors has approved a two-year development scheme for the carrier. The AI is also exploring the possibilities of launching low-cost services to Gulf countries.

Air India plans to provide better service with low profit, Thulasi Das said.. It will also operate services to any sector where there is adequate passenger demand. The existing services can be extended in the wake of increasing passenger traffic.