If you thinking of flying to India, for business* or other reasons, say vacations, book flights quickly. Not only is bilateral US-India trade soaring, from $16 billion in 2003 towards an expected $142 billion, but passenger count between the two nations leapt 10.3% between January-June 2018 to January-June 2019.
Never mind; airline help is at hand. Among newcomers, Delta has added New York JFK to Mumbai. For those who do not mind transit stops, Air France-KLM has raised flight capacity to India by 25% and British Airways has a total of 56 flights a week to the sub-continent. For anyone transiting through the Middle East, or stopping or starting there, airlift frequency between Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai is, that to Etihad, Qatar Airways and Emirates, easier than finding a bus along the Champs Elysées. Travelling to India from the east? Singapore Airlines offers 104 flights each week.
Some of the frequent business travel between UK and India concerns the sub-continent’s investors putting money into hospitality ventures. Mumbai-based Lodha Group is doing significant residential development in London: under joint CEOs Pranav Goel and Gabriel York, ex-Boston Consulting, a 46-residences luxury block opens at 1 Grosvenor Square – next to the former US Embassy that is currently being turned into London’s second Rosewood. Lodha Group have brilliantly taken onboard as the project’s GM Simon Hirst, formerly MD of Raffles, Singapore, and then, for his second stint, One Aldwych, London.
*Luxury Travel Essential refuses to use the boring term ‘for business or pleasure’ because business CAN be pleasure.