Indian doubles weekly Dubai flights to 35

DUBAI — Indian Airlines, which has been rebranded as Indian, is to double its weekly flights from Dubai International Airport to 35 with the introduction of a new schedule starting yesterday as part of an initiative to consolidate the carrier's position on the UAE-India routes.

By Isaac John (Chief Business Reporter)

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Published: Fri 2 Jun 2006, 12:13 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:21 PM

Aloke Singh, country manager of the Indian, said the new schedule, with a well-timed, frequency-driven service on gateway routes, will have daily non-stop flights from Dubai to Chennai and Calicut. The Dubai-Chennai service will depart Dubai daily at 1345hrs reaching Chennai at 1900hrs, and in the return direction, departing Chennai at 2000hrs reaching Dubai at 2230hrs.

The daily Dubai-Calicut flight will depart Dubai at 0200hrs, reaching Calicut at 0700hrs, and in the return direction depart Calicut at 1015hrs reaching Dubai at 1245hrs.

"In addition, the airline has rationalised its flight routing on the Dubai — Hyderabad route, detaching it from Chennai. As a consequence, the capacity on Dubai — Hyderabad will double. The new services follow recently launched daily flights on Dubai-Mumbai route, which the airline successfully introduced in March this year," Singh said.

He said with these new services Indian's operations through Dubai airport will double to 35 flights per week, as compared to its earlier operations. It will now have daily services to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Calicut and Jaipur. Of these, all destinations, except Jaipur, will now be operated non-stop. All flights are operating with Airbus A320 aircraft offering 125 seats in Economy and 20 seats in Business class.

He said Indian is also simultaneously increasing its services on Sharjah-Trivandrum to six flights a week. A new flight linking Sharjah-Kuwait has also been introduced.

Singh said to coincide with the increased profile, India presented it new menus at Emirates Flight Catering. The Indian Councul General, Y.K. Sinha was also present at the occasion along with airline's regional manager, Gulf, Pankaj Srivastava, and station managers Dubai and SharjahAirports Jyothi Prakash and Ammini Daniel.

To meet the summer rush, Indian is also offering 'Early Check-in' facility that will offer passengers the option of checking in early during off-peak period, thereby avoiding the peak demand period in the night. "The measure, supported by Sharjah and Dubai Airports, is aimed at making peak season travel less stressful and will help passengers utilise their time at the Airport better, generally improving the level of passenger services," Singh said.

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