Emirates flights to Kozhikode begin in July

Business Materials 26 April 2008 04:34 (UTC +04:00)

Emirates will start flying to the southern Indian coastal city of Kozhikode six times a week starting on July 1, Gulf News reported.

Kozhikode will become the Dubai carrier's third gateway in Kerala after Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram and its 10th in India.

"We are gearing up for the launch of our services to Kozhikode in summer. In the past few months, we have stepped up our recruitment efforts, and will soon start training our newly-appointed staff to serve the city's travellers. In Kozhikode we will establish a town office, an airport office as well as a separate cargo office to manage the city's passenger and cargo requirements," said Salem Obaidalla, the airline's senior vice president commercial operations for the West Asia and Indian Ocean regions.

"The start of services to Kozhikode will enable Emirates to serve Kerala with an additional gateway and at the same time enhance connectivity between the state and the Middle East," he said.

An estimated two million people from Kerala work and live in the Gulf region.

Emirates will operate the Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft in two-class configurations offering over 2,000 seats and almost 100 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in each direction.

Guangzhou in China will also be added to the airline's network on July 1. It will also expand in North America with the launch of services to Los Angeles and San Francisco on September 1 and October 26 respectively.