‘Emirates’, the biggest Arab carrier, is all set to increase the number of flights that it operates to India, from Dubai. With this expansion, the total number of flights between the two countries will go up to as much as 184 flights in a week. The increase will take effect from December 1 onwards. At present, Emirates operates 175 flights a week from Dubai, to 10 destinations in India. These destinations include Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, and Kolkata.
As per Majid Al Mualla, Vice-President - Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean, Emirates has been able to witness growth in air travel, in spite of the fact that the global aviation industry was making losses, because of recession. In fact, the airline had registered a growth of 24% in passenger traffic in the Indian sub-continent in the one-year ending September this year. Since India was a strong destination for the airline, the airline had decided to increase its operations in the country.