Indian passengers can soon hop on a direct flight to Chicago from Hyderabad, courtesy of Air India. The flag carrier has been operating international flights to multiple countries under air bubble agreements for the last few months. Now, the airline will be flying a direct flight out of Hyderabad to Chicago. This direct flight service between the two destinations is slated to start from January 15, 2021. It is a great feat for Hyderabad airport as it adds yet another international destination to its portfolio of services — more details on the story ahead.
Hyderabad and Chicago Direct Flight Service by Air India
As per a report from The Economic Times, Air India will be operating direct flights from Hyderabad to Chicago and back from January 15, 2020. In a statement released by the Hyderabad airport, the mention of this direct flight service between the two destinations using the Boeing 777-200 aircraft.
It is worth mentioning that this particular aircraft will come with a total seat capacity of 238 of which 8 will be First Class, 35 will be Business Class, and 195 will be Economy Class. The airport operator has highlighted that Hyderabad-USA-Hyderabad is one of the most under-served routes in the world right now.
With a potential passenger count of up to 7,00,000 people annually, this service can benefit both Air India and the Hyderabad airport. Hyderabad is one of the most convenient places to land in India. It is close to multiple major cities of India such as Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Vijayawada, and more. People from these cities alone are expected to fill up around 2,20,000 seats annually in this route.
Pradeep Panicker, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said that this non-stop route between Hyderabad and Chicago has been in the wish list of the airport for a long time now. He further said that flying to the USA will become more convenient for the Indians and for Indian citizens who want to come back to India, it will also become an easier affair for them. Hyderabad airport is already connected to destinations such as the UK and other major international airports of the world.