Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Expats hope new flight service will cut ticket prices to Kannur

Dubai: Following the official launch of GoAir's Dubai-Kannur-Dubai flights, expatriates from the northern districts of the Indian state of Kerala are hoping that air ticket prices to this the sector will drop considerably.

The Indian airline will launch daily non-stop flights between Dubai and Kannur today, officials announced at a launch ceremony on Wednesday. They said the Kannur-Dubai flight is priced at a starting rate of Dh335. However, passengers have been advised to book the tickets in advance to avail the launch prices.

"The air route enables further connectivity to Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai," said Arjun Dasgupta, GoAir vice-president - international, at a Press meet in Dubai. He explained: "Daily flight schedule from Dubai to Kannur is effective July 25 at 12.20am. The flight will land in Kannur at 5.35am. The Kannur-Dubai flight will take off at 7.05pm and will land in Dubai at 9.55pm."

GoAir's launch has relieved passengers travelling from the UAE to Kannur, in the hope that air ticket prices would reduce owing to a new player in the market. Since the airport was opened and international flights were launched, ticket prices to Kannur have been considerably higher than flights to other airports in Kerala.

Nithin Sreehari, a Dubai-based sales and marketing professional, said: "I am from Kannur and I've been waiting to take a flight to my hometown ever since the opening of the airport, but no such luck. The tickets are too expensive considering the prices for the entire family."
For expats like Nithin, booking tickets in advance or purchasing tickets on connecting flights are the only way to save some money.
24/07/19 Dhanusha Gukulan/Khaleej Times
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