Jet Airways today announced plans to further boost connectivity between India and the United Arab Emirates.
Beginning 2017, Jet Airways will add 28 flights per week and connect three new Indian cities to the rest of the world via its gateway in Abu Dhabi, complementing its services to other international destinations.
As part of the new initiatives, Jet Airways will introduce a second daily service between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, with effect from Jan 15, 2017.
This will be followed by the launch of daily flights between Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) and Abu Dhabi, with effect from Feb 1, 2017, enabling Jet Airways to further capitalise on the strong traffic flows between southern India and the Gulf via UAE and beyond.
Jet Airways also intends to commence daily flights to Abu Dhabi from Kannur, its fourth and latest destination from Kerala, from the new upcoming international airport, as well as connect the key northern city of Chandigarh with Abu Dhabi via daily flights during the second half of 2017, subject to appropriate regulatory approvals and completion of operational readiness at these airports.
The addition of these new routes and frequencies will further strengthen Jet Airways’ strategic partnership with Etihad Airways and demonstrates the airline’s commitment towards connecting India – one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets to International destinations over its Abu Dhabi gateway.
Commenting on the initiatives announced, Gaurang Shetty, Whole time Director, Jet Airways said:
“The announcements echo the friendship and strong bilateral relationship that exists between India and the UAE and represent ways in which Jet Airways, together with Etihad Airways, are working to enhance the value for our guests by leveraging synergies across our mutual networks in the form of greater choice, conveniences and comfort.”
“Abu Dhabi serves as a convenient air bridge between India and rest of the world, offering our guests ease of transfer and more travel options through multiple frequencies from India to Abu Dhabi and beyond to destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, North and South America. Conversely, the strength of Jet Airways’ domestic network offers an exhaustive choice of connections across the country for guests arriving into the country.” added Gaurang Shetty.
The new announcements will extend the cooperation between Jet Airways and Etihad Airways to cover 18 destinations in India, including Tiruchirappalli, Kannur and Chandigarh, from the current 15. Simultaneously, the expanded cooperation will also result in an increase in the combined number of the flights offered by the partners to 280, from the current 252. Even the freight market to and from India will be enhanced through the additional capacity, supporting the 14 weekly freighters operated by Etihad Airways Cargo to five cities in India.
Currently, Jet Airways and Etihad Airways connect the following Indian cities with Abu Dhabi: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and Thiruvananthapuram.
In 2015, the partners together carried a record 3.3 million passengers between India and Abu Dhabi: a 63 percent increase over the 2 million passengers flown in 2014.