'Suez Canal has reduced the distance of 7000 km' Give reason

‘Suez Canal has reduced the distance of 7000 km’ Give reason.

India is connected with Europe, North America and South America through both the routes-the Cape of Good Hope and the Suez Canal.

Since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, distance between India and Europe has been reduced by 7000 kms.

Because, before the opening of Suez Canal, to reach Europe one had to cover almost half the east and whole of west coast of African continent taking a round through the Cape of Good Hope.