Two Indian carriers are ramping up ties between the subcontinent and Dubai, the Middle East’s most high-profile hub.
Jet Airways, which currently operates four daily services to Dubai, will launch its fifth daily service on August 16 from Hyderabad, an emerging IT centre. This follows the twice-daily Mumbai-Dubai service, daily Delhi-Dubai service and daily Chennai-Dubai service. A B737-800 will be utilised on the route.
“With the growing popularity of Dubai as a leading business and leisure destination, there has been an increasing demand for enhanced air connectivity to the Gulf emirate from Southern India,” said Wolfgang Prock-Shauer, CEO of Jet Airways.
Kingfisher is also launching new flights to India, as part of its expansion plan to add six new destinations to its winter schedule starting at the end of October.
The airline will operate Delhi-Dubai and Mumbai-Dubai services, using Airbus A320 aircraft together with the other added routes, Delhi-London Heathrow, Delhi-Bangkok, Mumbai-Bangkok and Mumbai-Colombo. The flight start up dates have yet to be announced.