Air Arabia to fly to Kzhikode from Feb 26

February 20th, 2008 - 10:15 pm ICT by admin  


Dubai, Feb 20 (IANS) The Middle East’s first low-cost airline Air Arabia will add the city of Kozhikode in Kerala to its list of destinations in India effective Feb 26. “We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of service to our newest destination in India, demonstrating once again Air Arabia’s unmatched commitment to the subcontinent,” Air Arabia head of commercial department A.K. Nizar said in a statement here.

“The addition of Kozhikode to our growing destination network is particularly significant for the Indian expatriate population in the UAE and wider Gulf region, which includes an especially large percentage of non-resident Indians who call Kerala home.”

A significant proportion of the 1.4 million expatriate Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are from Kerala.

The airline will operate its new service from its base in Sharjah International Airport.

Kozhikode will be the 10th city in India to be served by Air Arabia.

Initially the service will operate three flights a week, but plans are on to increase it to six flights a week by May, subject to approval from India;s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

Nizar said that the new route would be popular with both residents and the increasing number of visitors who opt to travel to the city.

Kozhikode is the third destination in Kerala to be served by the airline, which also flies to Thiruvananthapuram.

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