India’s national carrier Air India plans to increase its operations to Dubai with four more direct flights to the emirate from destinations in southern part of the country.
Air India will launch its new flights from Hyderabad, Kozhikode (Calicut), Kochi and the newly opened Kannur. These services will be in addition to the airline’s existing flights to Dubai from these cities, except for Kannur.
The new Dubai flights will launch as part of Air India’s winter schedule, commencing from October, a senior executive with the airline told Arabian Business.
“Some of our aircraft are grounded with various maintenance related issues currently and we are in the process of preparing them for re-induction into the fleet before the winter schedule starts. We plan to launch the new flights to Dubai once these aircraft are ready for operation,” the senior Air India official said.
Air India was recently allotted a major chunk of seat capacities to Dubai, and other international destinations, from the quota of the grounded Indian carrier Jet Airways.
It has already launched two additional frequencies each to Dubai from Delhi and Mumbai and announced new Dubai flights from Kolkota and Indore, Madhya Pradesh, to be launched soon.
In addition to the new routes, Air India – along with Emirates – have received final approval from the Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to fly wide-bodied aircraft from Kozhikode International airport.
The two carriers had to discontinue operating the jumbo aircraft in 2015 after the regulator banned them due to concerns over runway safety concerns.
The carriers are expected to include services using the wide bodied aircraft in their winter schedules.
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