19 May, 2017
Air India on Wednesday announced non-stopflight services between Delhi and Stockholm, starting from August 15, 2017. The services will be operated thrice a week -- Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – with each flight roughly having eight-hourduration.
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 beoperated thrice a week on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.”
The flight will depart from Delhi at 1400 hrs (IST) and arrive in Stockholm at 1820 hrs (CET). The return flight will leaveStockholm at 2100 hrs (CET) and reach Delhi the next morning.
“This comes at a very positive time in our relations and will continue to strengthen our partnership for the future. We appreciate theimportance it will have for our bilateral relations, especially forpeople-to-people relations, for tourism in both directions, forstudents and for business and investment,” said Ann Linde, Ministerfor EU Affairs and Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Govt. ofSweden, who is currently on a two-day visit to India.
Incoming traffic from India to Sweden has grown over the years. In 2016, Sweden had 175,088 bednights(commercial overnight stays) from India as per the statistics fromTillväxtverket (the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) which was 128% up from the bednights registered in 2011.
“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 such as the Northern lights, and its progressive lifestyle makes Sweden an exciting emerging destination for Indian travellers. We look forward to a further growth of the tourism from India to Sweden,” said Kristina Ösund, interim CEO at Visit Sweden.