GMR Hyderabad International Airport Connects with Washington Dulles International Airport

Hyderabad | 8 July, 2017

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates  Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, today announced establishing connectivity with a new destination – Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA Airport Code: IAD) – in the United States of America.

Starting on the 8th of July 2017, Air India has introduced its new flight Air India 104 connecting Washington with Hyderabad via Delhi with three services per week. Washington will be the second city in the United States (US) to be connected with Hyderabad after Chicago. The US is the largest market for international travel to/from Hyderabad with over 675,000 annual passengers.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “As the Gateway to South and Central India, we are glad to add Washington to our international network. We are thankful to Air India for launching this new service. This new service will provide a convenient option of travel between South and Central India and Washington along with other nearby areas in the United States’ East Coast, which is home to a large Indian diaspora especially from Telangana and nearby regions. The new Air India flight will provide a smooth and hassle free experience, with passengers travelling from Washington being able to check-in their bags through to Hyderabad, and complete Immigration & Customs formalities after their arrival at Hyderabad. Those travelling from Hyderabad to Washington too will enjoy similar benefits through Air India’s existing international connector flights from Hyderabad Airport, which will offer seamless transfers onto the Washington flight at Delhi.  Soon Hyderabad Airport will also get connected with Sri Lanka giving an additional travel and tourism option to our passengers.”

Washington has been one of the important destinations along with San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles etc., in the US for which travellers have been seeking convenient travel options to/from Hyderabad.

Hyderabad Airport has handled 15.24 Million Passengers in FY2016-17, registering a growth of 22% in total passenger traffic and 23% growth in air traffic movement over FY2015-16. The airport connects 17 international destinations with 15 foreign and 3 Indian carriers and 10 domestic carriers connect Hyderabad with 35 domestic destinations.

About GHIAL:

GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Telangana (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The Company was incorporated to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a world class Greenfield airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad. Hyderabad airport was commissioned in a record time of 31 months in March 2008, with an initial capacity of 12 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and 1,50,000 MT of cargo handling capacity per annum. The Project has the flexibility to increase capacity to accommodate over 40 MPPA and shall be developed in a phased manner. For further information about GHIAL, visit

For Further Information, please contact:

Anindita Sinha
Head - Corporate Communications, GHIAL
E mail:

Prashant Kumar
Corporate Communications
E mail: