Premier Indian carrier Jet Airways would introduce new flights between Toronto and New Delhi in August this year.
The airline would operate five flights per week between Toronto and New Delhi via Brussels or New York in late August and extend it to dailies later this year, Jet spokesman B Chandrasekhar said on Tuesday.
Chandrasekhar said Jet Airways would be operating a brand new Airbus 330 aircraft on this route, with two classes of service. Business class will have 30 flat bed seats and economy class will have an approximate 190 seats.
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) applauded the Jet Airways' decision to commence a flight to India from Toronto. ICCC President Ajit Khanna said it would strengthen linkages between the two countries.
Khanna said ICCC has been working actively with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) and the Indian aviation industry to facilitate the opening of a new air route.
A GTAA delegation has gone to India to finalise the modalities. It would also discuss related issues with senior officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry in New Delhi.
The Canada-India Open Skies agreement would allow 35 flights a week, ICCC spokesman Atul Abuja said and added that it would continue to work actively with the aviation sector in Canada and India to help leverage the capacity of the agreement to facilitate increased trade links between the two countries.
Imtiaz Syed, senior vice president of the Royal Bank of Canada, said, "It would fill up the vacuum following the discontinuance of Air Canada flights to India and promote trade and investment between the two countries besides providing relief to the Indo-Canadian community."
Air Canada has decided to terminate its flights to India from May 1.