Air India Express (AIE) will operate 27 flights more a week to Gulf destinations from Kerala and Mangalore from October 28.

A press release by AIE said here on Saturday that it has increased its services from Kerala and Mangalore airports to Gulf destinations from 92 services a week to 119 services in its winter schedule — an increase of 27 flights a week.

Under the winter schedule, Mangalore will see AIE flying twice daily to Dubai; three times a week to Muscat and Abu Dhabi; and twice weekly to Doha and Bahrain.

Kochi will connect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Doha and Sharjah daily and Muscat thrice a week. Kozhikode will connect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha, Dammam and Muscat daily; Salalah twice a week; Kuwait three times a week; and one weekly service to the city of Al-Ain.

Thiruvananthapuram will connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai daily; Muscat three times a week; Sharjah four times a week; and Salalah twice a week.

The release said this is the first time ever since its inception in 2005 that AIE is deploying so many services from Kerala and Mangalore to the Gulf and back.

In addition to the above, AIE will operate a daily flight from Tiruchirapalli to Dubai and back. Singapore will also be connected with Tiruchirapalli by a daily flight. Chennai will have a daily flight to Colombo and Singapore. Kuala Lumpur will be connected four times a week from Chennai, it said.

Amritsar will have a daily flight operating on Amritsar-Dubai-Amritsar route.

AIE will also operate four flights a week between Jaipur and Dubai. Lucknow will have a daily flight to Dubai, and Mumbai will have three flights a week to Doha and Dubai, it said.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on October 7, 2012)
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