Russia’s Aeroflot has increased its flight frequency between Delhi-Moscow to seven times per week, up from the existing four times weekly, The Press Trust of India reported.

This move comes after the two countries revised their bilateral air services agreement, authorising a rise in flight services from 52 to 64 a week. The new schedule has gone live from 26 March 2023.

Under the agreement, the Russian flag carrier will operate flights to six Indian cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Amritsar and Ahmedabad.

Aeroflot Cargo head Oleg Korolev was quoted by the news agency as saying: “These daily flights will give a boost to tourism, as well as the cargo supply chain.

“Due to increasing trade between the two countries, the Moscow-Delhi route is one of the long-established and high-demand routes. In addition, the cargo supply chain will be more effective.”

Delmos Aviation, which manages Aeroflot’s cargo operations in India, noted that the Russian carrier is now also operating Boeing 777 jets, along with Airbus A330 to meet the passenger traffic between Delhi and Moscow.

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The development comes amid significant growth in demand for pharmaceuticals, dangerous goods, and machine tools shipments.

Delmos Aviation director Naveen Rao was quoted by the news agency as saying: “This increase in frequency was long overdue as the number of passengers has increased in good measure.”

In June last year, Reuters reported on Aeroflot’s emergency share issue plans for raising up to $3bn amid sanctions and airspace bans on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.