10 Jul 2014 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the expansion of its India operations with the launch a daily service between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata.
Commencing on 15 February 2015, the new flights
will bring the total number of Indian cities served by Etihad Airways to 11,
with existing routes including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad,
Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum.
Kolkata, formerly known as
Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is the
main commercial, financial and educational hub of East and Northeast India, and
is the third largest contributor to India’s economy in terms of GDP
Home to a diverse mix of cultures,
Kolkata boasts modern and colonial architecture, multiple monuments, and has a
metropolis population of over 15 million, making it India’s second largest
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways,
said: “India, one of the world’s largest growing travel markets, has always
been an important destination for Etihad Airways. The launch of our new Kolkata
services demonstrates our enduring commitment to serve the Indian market and
people, whether in India or overseas.
“We are confident that this new service, our
first to Northeastern India, will boost travel and trade between the UAE and
India, further strengthen our presence in India, and connect key
strategic cities with Abu Dhabi.
“Beyond our Abu Dhabi hub, travellers will
have great opportunities to conveniently connect to the Gulf region and Middle
East, as well as Europe, North America and Africa.”
Etihad Airways already places its ‘EY’ flight code on its codeshare and
network partner, Jet Airways’ domestic routes from hubs in Mumbai and Bangalore to Kolkata.
The UAE flag carrier recently announced a major
expansion of its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways, offering travellers
enhanced connections throughout India, and linking India with even more
destinations worldwide. This move brings the combined number of codeshare
services offered by both airlines to 71.
The new Abu Dhabi - Kolkata route will be
operated by a two-class
Airbus A320 aircraft configured to
carry 136 passengers,
with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class seats, offering a total of 1,904 seats per week.
Airways has announced six new routes for the first half of 2015, starting with
Kolkata in February, Madrid in March, Entebbe in May, and Edinburgh, Hong Kong
and Algiers in June.
The airline’s flights to and
from Kolkata can be booked from today on etihad.com, through Etihad Airways Contact Centres, or via travel