More international flights are expected to be operated from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) from the winter schedule this year with some of the foreign carriers planning to include Hyderabad on their global route map.

CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airports Ltd., Vikram Jaisinghani, said that discussions were underway with quite a few airlines, including Turkish Airlines. Currently 11 international carriers are flying passengers from Hyderabad to 15 destinations.

He was talking to reporters here on Thursday on the occasion of Thai Airways commencing cargo freighter service from RGIA. Mr. Jaisignhani said the RGIA handled 8.6 million passengers, registering a 16 per cent passenger growth last fiscal. The growth rate this year might be slightly less than the previous two years, due to the “challenges” being faced by the domestic airlines sector. He declined to comment on the dues by Air India and Kingfisher airlines to GHIAL .

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