Air India is all set to launch its direct flight from Hyderabad to the United States (Chicago) from January 15. The national carrier will operate the flight bi-weekly, GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport announced yesterday.

The airline will operate Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with a seating capacity of 238 (8 First Class + 35 Business Class + 195 Economy Class) on the route, said press release.

In addition to Hyderabad-Chicago direct flight, Air India also plans to connect Bengaluru and San Francisco from next month.

Hyderabad-US-Hyderabad has been the largest unserved passenger origin and destination market between India and the US, with a potential of over 7,00,000 passengers annually.

Hyderabad is a gateway to south and central India, and a preferred and the largest transit hub, said the Hyderabad airport operator.

Hyderabad offers convenient proximity for passengers originating from nearby cities like Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Rajahmundry, Bhopal, and Tirupati, pushing an additional demand of approximately 220,000 passengers annually.

“This new non-stop route was on our connectivity wish list for quite some time. And we are delighted that it is our very own national carrier that has commenced this service,” said Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.

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