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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
UK-India flights double in deal
Planes at Heathrow
The airlines stand to profit from the new routes
UK airline flights to India are set to more than double under a new agreement signed by the countries on Wednesday.

Under the arrangement, the number of flights per week will rise from 40 now to at least 84 by 2006.

It comes after flights increased last year, giving carriers other than BA a chance to compete on the routes.

The latest news was welcomed by BA, Virgin and BMI who will now be able to expand services on routes where demand currently outstrips supply.

The UK's Department for Transport said 56 of the 84 flights will operate between London's Heathrow airport and Delhi or Mumbai (Bombay).

The remaining flights will be between the UK and Bangalore and Chennai.

The number of flights between the US and India are also expected to increase as part of an agreement later this month.

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