Indian carriers announce new Asia, Middle East routes

INDIA’S airlines are launching new international flights between now and February.

On December 21, IndiGo will debut its first international flight out of Kolkata – a daily Bangkok-bound service with fares starting at Rs9,009 (US$166).

Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo, said: “The new flight to Bangkok is in line with our growth strategy. There are strong trade and tourism ties between eastern India and Thailand, and travellers need low fares from an Indian airline. We have also applied for rights to fly from Kolkata to Singapore and Dubai.”

SpiceJet will launch a daily New Delhi-Riyadh flight on January 4 and a four times weekly New Delhi-Guangzhou service on February 8, for which it is offering a promotional rate of Rs8,888.

Meanwhile, Jet Airways will commence a daily Mangalore-Dubai service on January 3 to coincide with the Dubai Shopping Festival, offering eight business class and 162 economy class seats.

Sajan K Gupta, director, Vayu Seva Tours, said: “The increase in international flights by Indian carriers and expansion of codeshare arrangements with international airlines on popular routes, allows us to create more cost-effective and multi-destination itineraries for our business and leisure clients.”

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