Mon, Nov 13, 2006 - Page 12 News List

EVA to fly to India starting next month


EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空) is scheduled to inaugurate new passenger flights to India to meet growing demand, a company official said yesterday.

EVA Airways would provide three flights weekly between Taipei and Mumbai, beginning on Dec. 10.

"We have attached great importance to this new market given the strong tourism and business demand," said Nieh Kuo-wei (聶國維), EVA Airways senior vice president.

EVA is the country's second carrier to open passenger flight services to India, following China Airlines (CAL, 中華航空), which began regular passenger flight operations between Taipei and New Delhi on April 1, 2001.

CAL, the nation's leading international carrier, announced on Oct. 30 that it would increase the number of passenger flights between Taipei and New Delhi to five times a week from three, due to a boost in demand from accelerating economic development in South Asia in recent years.

Taiwan and India reached an agreement to expand flight rights for each other in July.

India's economy expanded 8.9 percent in the quarter ended June 30, following a 9.3 percent gain in the previous quarter. The economy has grown more than 8 percent five times in the past six quarters, according to the Central Statistical Organization in New Dehli.

The growth is being driven by rising consumer spending and increased government outlays on roads, ports, power and other infrastructure aimed at attracting more investment in manufacturing.

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