Etihad starts Kolkata flights

Etihad starts Kolkata flights

Airline operates two cabin A320 aircraft configured to carry 136 passengers



By Staff Report

Published: Mon 16 Feb 2015, 2:58 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:22 PM

Etihad’s new service will support the growing demand from air travellers who are keen to fly between West Bengal and the Middle East, Europe and North America via Abu Dhabi. — Supplied photo

Etihad’s new service will support the growing demand from air travellers who are keen to fly between West Bengal and the Middle East, Europe and North America via Abu Dhabi. — Supplied photo

Dubai:  Etihad Airways launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata, the airline’s 11th destination in India on its own, and its 15th destination in combination with network partner Jet Airways.

Flight EY256 departed Etihad Airways’ hub and is scheduled to land at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in the West Bengal capital.

Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways’ general manager, India, Craig Thomas, Etihad Airways’ regional general manager Asia Pacific North and Indian Subcontinent and Dr. B P Sharma, Airport Director of Airports Authority of India, will also host a special ribbon cutting at the gate.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “We’re delighted to add Kolkata, an economic powerhouse and Etihad Airways’ first destination in North Eastern India, to our flight network. This new service will support the growing demand from air travellers who are keen to fly between West Bengal and the Middle East, Europe and North America via our Abu Dhabi home base.”

Kolkata is the main commercial and financial hub of East and North-East India with a metropolitan population of approximately 14.1 million people. The city is home to the Kolkata Stock Exchange and has recently experienced a major economic rejuvenation driven by the expanding IT sector. Dr B P Sharma, Airport Director of Airports Authority of India, said: “We are pleased to welcome Etihad Airways’ world-class service to our city. This will boost the aviation sector and strengthen Kolkata’s cultural and business connections. The service will help to connect passengers from Kolkata to destinations across the Middle East and the rest of the world.”

Etihad Airways’ lead-in fares for a return flight from Abu Dhabi to Kolkata (including all taxes and surcharges) start from Dh1,315 for Economy Class and Dh3,150 for Business Class. Etihad Airways operates a two cabin A320 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata which is configured to carry 136 passengers, with 16 in Business Class and 120 in Economy Class.

The service to and from Kolkata conveniently connects with a number of Etihad Airways’ key North American destinations, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Toronto, often providing the fastest journey times in the market. Passengers flying on all Etihad Airways flights from India to the United States are processed through the US Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi Airport, which means they pass through all US immigration and customs checks in Abu Dhabi and arrive in the US as domestic passengers.

        — business@khaleejtimes.com

 


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