Air India launched its direct flights to Sydney and Melbourne on 29 August 2013, after a wide gap of 22 years. The flight had more than 60 domestic transfer passengers as well as over 40 international transit passengers, out of which 20 were from London.
With the launch of this flight, Delhi became the premier hub airport of South Asia, which offers convenient connections to travellers on the long Europe-Australia sectors. Delhi International Airport limited (DIAL) announced that Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport was connected to Australia now, with the launch of daily flights of Air India to Melbourne and Sydney. With this, Air India connected the two continents.
It is important to note that Sydney has ranked amongst the top 5 potential destinations and therefore there was a need of better connectivity to this place. The daily flight service of Air India is operational with the 256-seater Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. In the year 2012, 1.40 lakh passengers travelled between Delhi and Sydney through the Asia hubs.