Airline has ‘a very good relationship’ with Indian Airlines, says minister

India has “a very strong relationship” with Indian Air Lines, its transport minister has said, as the country seeks to attract more international flights to the country.

“Air India has a very good rapport with the Indian government.

They are very, very close to us,” Prabhu Singh told NDTV’s “First Things” programme.

India has been trying to build a domestic passenger rail network, and the new Indian Air India route, known as Air India Link, is part of that effort.

“This link will bring in more than 3,000 passengers daily to Delhi and the surrounding areas by the end of next year,” Singh said.

“We are committed to a more comprehensive plan of connectivity, which includes air links across the country and beyond.

We will continue to look at the link, and we will work with the airlines to ensure the highest possible level of connectivity and safety.”

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he had given his full support to the link.

“It is a great opportunity to bring a number of foreign and domestic airlines to Delhi.

We welcome the announcement of Air India, a very big project,” he said.

India’s prime minister is a major investor in air travel, with more than $2.7 billion invested in the industry.

The prime minister announced a major infrastructure programme to expand air travel between India and neighbouring countries in May last year, saying the plan would attract more than 50,000 foreign direct investment (FDI) every year by 2020.

India has “a very strong relationship” with Indian Air Lines, its transport minister has said, as the country seeks to…