Monday Oct. 1st the Odd Fellow Mansion accommodated hundreds of guests all gathered to celebrate Air India’s one year anniversary of its direct route between Copenhagen and Delhi.
The route has had a load factor of 80% during this first year, which is incredibly high for such a new route – a fact that made Air India increase the route’s frequency from 3 to 4 weekly flights.
The success of the direct route is bringing the two countries closer together. The Danish ambassador to India, Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen noted that his staff has been extraordinarily busy of late, as the visa section has witnessed a 20% increase in visa issues.
While the route makes it easier to conduct business between the two countries, another hope is to increase the volume of bilateral tourism.
The evening also celebrated Air India’s female flight staff. Last year, in celebration of International Women’s day, Air India had an all-women crew fly its record-breaking round-the-world route. In India, the percentage of female pilots are close to 13% which is more than double of the average percentage in a number of western airlines, showcasing a mere 4-5%, source.
Speaking at the event was Indian ambassador to Denmark, Mr. Ajit Gupte, Danish Ambassador to India, Mr. Peter Taksøe-Jensen, CEO Copenhagen Airport Mr. Thomas Woldbye, Country Head Denmark, Air India, Divya Gauba and IDCC Chairman Henrik Schurmann.
IDCC congratulates Air India on the spectacular job and hope to celebrate more flights next year!
Photos: Hasse Ferrold