Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Emirates drops Kozhikode but still committed to India

Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to India after pulling out of a decision to launch services to Kozhikode. It had been criticised for the move, even being accused of violating a bilateral agreement signed between India and the United Arab Emirates, Arabian Business reported.

It had received clearance in early July from the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to operate its widebodies to Kozhikode (Karipur), which also serves the city of Malappuram in India's southern state of Kerala.

Emirates had sought approval for widebody operations from Kozhikode citing high demand from Keralan expat workers in the UAE. The carrier's sister carrier flydubai already operates 3x weekly to Kozhikode using B737-800s.

“We are always reviewing market opportunities in India to ensure that our capacity is currently deployed to best serve customer demand in India. Emirates continues to serve Kerala with multiple daily flights to Kochi Int'l and Thiruvananthapuram,” a spokesperson for the airline told Arabian Business.
05/11/19 ch-aviation
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