Air India has capitalised on the recent decision by the governments of India and Hong Kong to permit more weekly flights to India by starting direct flights to both southern and western India. Air India now flies twice a week to Chennai. Since July 27, the airline has also started providing two weekly flights to Mumbai, while increasing the number of direct flights to New Delhi at the same time. This now brings the weekly flights to nine. On Tuesdays and Fridays, Air India flies direct to Chennai before proceeding to Mumbai. Mumbai is now also served by two direct weekly flights from Hong Kong - on Tuesdays and Sundays. The frequency of weekly flights to New Delhi has also been increased with the airline now operating direct flights to the Indian capital every day, except Tuesdays and Sundays. All flights then proceed to Mumbai, the final destination. Girishchandra Vyas, regional manager for Air India, said: 'We have been operating flights to India from Hong Kong for more than 46 years without interruption. 'We are more reliable and dependable than any of our competitors for connections to India. Over the years we have varied the frequency of our flights to India, but we have never stopped flying there from Hong Kong.' The increase in the total number of weekly flights to India should be a shot in the arm for the Hong Kong Tourist Bureau (HKTB) which has been looking to tap the vast tourist potential of the Indian market.