Qatar Airways to fly to Kozhikode

June 9th, 2008 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, June 9 (IANS) Qatar’s national carrier Qatar Airways will be adding Kozhikode in Kerala to its list of Indian destinations from June 15. “Our new route to Kozhikode further demonstrates our commitment to India and we are extremely pleased to see the route selling well with just a week to go for the launch,” Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.

The new daily flights will depart the Qatari capital of Doha at 11:10 p.m. local time and reach Kozhikode at 6 a.m. The return flight will take off from Kozhikode at 7 a.m. and land in Doha at 8:45 a.m.

Al Baker said India remained one of the airline’s fastest-growing markets.

“Our new flights take our capacity into India up to 58 flights a week spread across nine cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Nagpur and Hyderabad,” he said.

A large number of the 200,000-strong expatriate Indian community in the Gulf nation hails from Kerala.

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