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Travel News - June 2008

Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco flight by Jet gets underway:

Jet Airways

On June 14, in New Delhi, Jet Airways commenced its daily Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco flight, becoming the first ever Indian private carrier to offer services to China. The airline's executive director Saroj Datta inaugurated the launch of the flight from Mumbai early in the morning on Saturday. Remarkably, this is the fourth long-distance route launched by Jet Airways to North America within a year. Datta mentioned that with the initiation of its service to San Francisco via Shanghai, the airline would continue its plans of further growth to various other North American cities.

Bangalore to be Oman Air's ninth destination:

Oman Air's

Oman's national carrier Oman Air has launched services to the city of Bangalore from Sunday, 15th June, its ninth destination in India. The airline has announced that it would at first initiate five weekly flights to Bangalore from June 15 on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. As per the new schedule, the new flights will depart from Muscat at 9 p.m. and arrive at Bangalore at 1:50 a.m. the next day. The return flights will depart from Bangalore at 2:50 a.m. and arrive at Muscat at 4:40 a.m local time. As of now, the airline will fly to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Jaipur and Kozhikode in India.

Metro rail link to speed up commute to Delhi airport:

Delhi Airport

New Delhi is about to start a metro link which will facilitate commuters to travel to the upcoming international airport in barely 21 minutes. It will commence from the capital's central business district of Connaught Place, and will offer check-in facilities and a much cheaper journey that will have you to incur only Rs 180, almost half the present cost of a taxi ride to the airport. This walloping 23-km Airport Express Metro Rail project was presented last week by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to a consortium owned and managed by the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG). The consortium includes CAF of Spain, a top manufacturer of rolling stock.

British tourists heading to India will have to shell out extra visa charges, reports Charles Starmer-Smith:

Foreign Tourists

India has slapped extra charges on British travelers while applying for visas when traveling to India. For its visa section the Indian High Commission has signed up with VFS Global, a company that has initiated new handling fees and a high-priced premium telephone line for inquiries. This means that a three-month visa will now cost 38 (up from 30) while applied for in person or through the Net, whereas postal applications will cost 45.40.

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