Direct air connectivity with Dhaka expected to boost medical tourism in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad International Airport has added another international destination to its portfolio with the launch of Indigo’s direct flight service from Hyderabad to Dhaka on Monday.

Apart from boosting tourism and leisure travel between Bangladesh and Telangana, the direct flights are expected to boost medical travel to Hyderabad.

IndiGo Flight 6E 1931 will depart from GMR Hyderabad International Airport at 12:45 p.m. The return flight IndiGo 6E 1932 from Dhaka will arrive in Hyderabad at 6:50 p.m.

The two hour forty five minute flight will operate between GMR Hyderabad International Airport and Dhaka twice a week – Saturday and Monday.

According to data released by India’s Ministry of Tourism, around 54% of all international medical visitors to India for treatment come from Bangladesh. With some of the best medical facilities in the region, Hyderabad has become one of the favorite destinations for medical tourists from Bangladesh.

To attract medical tourists to the city, airlines are adding new flight connections to popular international destinations for medical tourists.

Pradeep Panicker, CEO of GHIAL, said, “Besides many tourist places to visit in Hyderabad, the city has also been a major hub for medical tourism. Over the years, we have witnessed a massive influx of medical tourists as well as leisure travelers. is a great demand for direct connectivity between Hyderabad and Dhaka. This new connectivity will not only allow Bangladeshis to explore our city and medical facilities, but also give Hyderabadis the chance to experience the unique charm of Dhaka.

Indigo’s first direct flight service from Hyderabad to Dhaka took off at 12:45 p.m. from GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) Ltd.

Sanjay Kumar, Indigo’s Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, said, “We are delighted to launch new flights connecting India’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology hub with the cultural and economic capital of Bangladesh. Hyderabad has seen a significant recovery in air traffic over the past few weeks. , even exceeding pre-COVID-19 levels on some days.

Travelers from Dhaka could also use Hyderabad as a hub to connect over 70 cities across the country. We are very confident that these flights will generate high traffic, promoting leisure and medical tourism in both countries. »

Hyderabad International Airport is now connected to over 70 domestic destinations, since the pre-COVID-19 period of 55 domestic destinations and 16 international destinations. Although overall international travel has been subdued during the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, Hyderabad International Airport is now connected to its previous favorite destinations like London, Singapore, Kualalumpur, Colombo, Dubai, Qatar, for to name just a few.

Hyderabad is the only airport in the country where all ten national airlines fly. For the “Summer-22” program, International Airlines has registered time slots to 20 international destinations. The international summer slots filed represent 103% of pre-COVID-19 schedules.

Flights from Hyderabad to Thailand and Hong Kong will resume soon, GHIAL said.

(With contributions from IANS)

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Posted: Monday April 18th 2022, 9:48 PM IST

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