Etihad Airways began flights between Kolkata and Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The flights, which will be available daily, will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, which will have eight seats in business class and 150 seats in economy class.
With the resumption of flights to Kolkata, Etihad will now serve 14 destinations in the region, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.
The plane will take off from Abu Dhabi at 21:10 local time and land in Kolkata at 3:30. It will leave Kolkata at 4.35 a.m. and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 8.15 a.m. local time.
“Our return to Calcutta coincides with our twice-daily service to New York, providing better access between India and the United States via Abu Dhabi, where our guests can use our US preclearance for a seamless arrival in the States.”Etihad’s senior vice president of global sales and cargo Martin Drew
Air Arabia, a low-cost carrier, began three-day weekly flights between Kolkata and Abu Dhabi last week. It also has an Airbus A320.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Etihad Airways has suspended its services between Kolkata and Abu Dhabi. There are direct flights from Kolkata to two other West Asian destinations, Dubai and Doha.
Etihad Airways joins an alliance with six other airlines
Etihad Airways has established reciprocal interline partnerships with three new airline partners: Philippine Airlines (PAL), Austrian Airlines (OS), and Airlink South Africa (4Z), as well as re-establishing interline links with Biman Bangladesh and codeshare agreements with Air Seychelles (HM) and ITA Airways (AZ).
Customers of all participating airlines will benefit from enhanced connectivity to destinations across each other’s networks, the ability to book on a single ticket, and the ability to check in once at the start of their flight, with their baggage checked through to their final destination.
IndiGo adds new destination
India’s largest airline IndiGo is set to increase international connectivity out of India’s second-busiest airport in Mumbai by announcing new flights.
IndiGo has announced another direct flight to Dhaka in Bangladesh from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM). It already flies between the two cities, and the new flight has been introduced to cater to the rising demand for travel from Mumbai.
IndiGo will also resume its service between Mumbai and Singapore.
IndiGo has launched new flights between Pune & Dehradun, Kochi & Raipur also connected via Goa.
Indigo launches direct flights from Pune to Varanasi, starting drom March 30.
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