This has taken a lifetime but the official announcement is now out:
New Delhi: Air India has finally been given the nod to become a part of Star Alliance. Entry to the exclusive international club consisting of 26 airlines, including Lufthansa, Air Canada and Thai Airways, came at the end of a meeting of the Chief Executives' Board of the member airlines in London on Monday.
The formal announcement of Air India joining the alliance was made by Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, here on Tuesday.
I lived in India for some time and frankly it is not an easy country to travel. Some sights are breathtaking and hotels are usually extremely pleasant but the rest of India can be a quite a challenge even for the seasoned traveler.
Fares in India are rather low anyways but here are some destinations that can now easily be added to a Star Alliance award:
– Port Blair (IXZ), the Indian version of the Maldives
– Varanasi (VNS)
– Rishikesh (via Dehradun (DED) airport)
– Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)
Air India also flies to Male, Maldives from Bangalore, so this gives you another option to the Maldives.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents.
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