In an attempt to solidify an air link between Kerala and Gulf, Jet Airways has decided to start daily flights from Kochi, Kohzikode and Thiruvananthapuram. The sources affirm that the Indian carrier will launch three new routes in the last quarter of the year. These routes are Kochi to Dubai, Kohzikode to Doha and Thiruvananthapuram to Doha.
Jet Airways is going to start this new service from 5th November, 2014 by flagging off the flight from Kochi to Dubai. Departing from Kochi at 0905, this flight will further solidify Jet’s connections of Gulf region from the state of Kerala. This list already comprises daily flights to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dammam, Sharjah and Muscat.
On 1st December of this year, Jet will introduce two new daily flights: from Thiruvananthapuram to Doha and from Kohzikode to Doha. The former will depart daily at 0745 and the latter at 1850.
Jet’s fleet of single-aisle, twin-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be used for all these three new routes.
“During this time of fierce competition in India-Gulf sector, Jet Airways has successfully evolved as a credible brand,” said Gaurang Shetty, Jet’s senior vice president of commercial. He added “We are sure that these new daily flights will become very popular. We view the launch of these flights as a crucial milestone in the development of the airline as India’s premier international airline.”
As of now, Jet Airways offers daily flights to Doha from Delhi, Kochi and Mumbai. And the second daily departure from Mumbai is all set to be launched in the end of 2014. Currently, Dubai and Mumbai are connected through four daily flights, and Dubai and Delhi are connected through two daily flights. The fifth daily flight from Mumbai to Dubai will start from the end of October.
With Jet Airways introducing these new flights, tourists from gulf countries will find it easier to travel to Kerala. Further, now they will have more options to choose the Kerala city to take flight back to their home land. And this will also increase the number of tourists from the Gulf region to Kerala, which boost tourism in this heavenly state.