London (Oct. 12)
The Indian air service will no longer call at Alexandria or Cairo, but a call will be made at Tiberias (Palestine), the Postmaster General announces to-day, in issuing the new time-tables, which come into operation on Saturday next. The mails will be due to reach Tiberias on Tuesday evening, Baghdad and Basra on Wednesday afternoon, Bushire on Thursday morning, Karachi on Friday evening, and Delhi on Saturday afternoon.
Tiberias is to become soon an important station on the new Imperial Airways route to India, Mr. Fred Montague, the Under-Secretary for Air in the late Labour Government, who was largely responsible for the arrangements, writes in an article in the “Evening Standard”. Flying-boat passengers by way of Athens, Castelrosso and Cyprus, he says, will alight on the Sea of Galilee to join land ‘planes at Semakh, three miles’ away.
Instead of the Sea of Galilee, he explains, it had been hoped to use the harbour at Haifa, but much dredging will go on there for a year or two. Tiberias is about thirty-five miles inland, on a narrow strip between high ground and the water. It is more than six hundred feet below sea level.