By Rob Yingling

For the first time ever, Dulles travelers will be able to fly nonstop to New Delhi (airport code DEL) beginning on July 7. Air India will fly the Boeing 777-200LR on the route, departing Dulles each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The 14-hour flight shaves at least two hours of travel time off other options that require a layover enroute. Air India is a Star Alliance partner, making it easy to book flights directly at www.airindia.com or though codeshare partners like United.

The new nonstop service is good economic news for the National Capital Region. Analysis suggests the flights will generate an additional 30,000 tourism and business travelers and inject $30 million into the local economy each year. More than 122,000 visitors traveled from India to the region in 2015, so the nonstop flights will make the journey even easier.

Other Dulles airlines have increased their schedule frequencies for the spring and summer travel
season. The airport maintains a list of flight deals complete with booking links
at www.flydulles.com/go.