Indian travel boost

India’s national carrier set to increase flights to Gulf despite regional tensions

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By  John Irish Published  March 12, 2003

Air-India (AI) announced yesterday (March 11) that as part of its summer schedule, it would be increasing the number of flights to the Gulf, while also adding new routes to the region from March 30.

The move, which comes amid ongoing regional tensions, follows a recent decision by British Airways to reduce traffic flow to the Middle East.

AI will now operate daily services from Kochi to Abu Dhabi and Mumbai to Dubai, raising the frequency to the emirate from 29 to 38 a week.
Services to Riyadh will also increase to nine per week, which will include direct routes to the Saudi capital from Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi and a bi-weekly flight from Hyderabad.

The Kozikode-Jeddah route will see enhanced capacity with the introduction of a Boeing 747-200 flight on Fridays in addition to the three weekly Airbus 310 services on this route.

AI is the latest carrier to increase the number of flights to the Gulf. Qatar Airways announced yesterday that it would be adding new destinations to its schedules, including four flights a week to Manchester.

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