May 29, 2009 (LBO) – Emirates airline said it will add 22 weekly flights to India in an expansion encouraged by liberalization of its skies that made the sub-continent one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. The Dubai-based carrier said in a statement the move will support for the Indian government’s ambitious growth plan to attract 100 million travellers in 2010.
The existing service of 163 flights per week to 10 Indian gateways will be strengthened to 185 over the summer and winter periods.
“High demand routes – Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram – will be the chief beneficiaries,” the airline said.
The airline’s expansion programme closely follows its ˜Journey through India’ campaign which involved a major revamp of the in-flight product to meet regional preferences of India’s diverse populace.
“The global slowdown is not over yet, but the outlook for the future is showing signs of improvement,” said Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Vice President, Commercial Operations West Asia and Indian Ocean.
“When traditional European markets dried up, India was quick to refocus its trade and marketing efforts in targeting regions not severely affected by