Etihad Airways over the weekend returned to Kolkata as the airline relaunched daily flights to West Bengal from its Abu Dhabi hub.
Kolkata is Etihad’s eighth destination in India.
The flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, with eight recliner seats configured 2-2 in business class and 150 seats in economy.
Flights depart Abu Dhabi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2110 and arrive in Kolkata at 0330 the following mornings. The returns leave India at 0435 for an 0815 arrival into Abu Dhabi.
On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays the outbound flights depart at 1350, get into Kolkata at 2010 local time and then they depart back at 2115, arriving back in Abu Dhabi at 0055 early the following morning.
Etihad notes that these timings facilitate seamless connections across the its growing global network of 67 currently destinations.
Etihad passengers flying from Kolkata to the United States can benefit from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport, the only US immigration preclearance service in the region that allows passengers to clear US immigration while they are still in Abu Dhabi, meaning you get home quicker and easier.
“Riding on the resurgence of outbound travel from India, we’re delighted to resume daily flights to Kolkata, a key cultural and commercial hub in the Indian subcontinent.
Re-establishing this vital air link with East India will support the growing demand from travelers in and around the region, offering them easy access to Abu Dhabi and connectivity to our global network alongside a world-class flying experience. We have been very impressed with our initial demand, which reaffirms our strategy to return to this key market,” said Etihad chief revenue officer, Arik De.