Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Air India: Bombay-Accra

Air India once served more than 10 African cities, as this fantastic first-day cover from December 1976 attests. The continent of Africa has a large population of Indians, who are noticeable as the merchant class everywhere from Monrovia to Mombasa, Kampala to Cape Town. As late as mid-2003, Air India maintained a Mumbai-Nairobi-Accra route. However, the flag carrier is currently thin on African routes; sadly, its last African destination, mighty Nairobi, will end on 20 January 2010. While Kenya Airways serves Mumbai, a good share of Africa-India traffic is probably routed through Dubai nowadays.

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