Jet Airways set to expand operations to Dubai

New Delhi :Private carrier Jet Airways will expand flight operations to Dubai from its Delhi and Mumbai hubs from next month.

The airline would launch a sixth flight of daily frequency on Mumbai-Dubai route from March 1, while a third daily frequency will be added from Delhi for Dubai on March 27, Jet Airways said in a release.

The carrier will deploy Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the new services, offering business and economy passengers the best-in-class in-flight product, it said.

With the launch of the new frequencies, Jet Airways will operate a total of 11 daily flights between India and Dubai, including services from Kochi and Mangalore, it said.

The international traffic at Dubai Airport reportedly increased by 10.7 per cent to more than 78 million in 2015 over the year-ago period, making it the busiest airport for the international passengers in the world.

The growth was driven by 100 airlines that connect the airport to 240 destinations around the world.

“The new frequencies will enable Jet Airways to offer guests a wide choice of departure times to/from Dubai and convenient domestic connections via our hubs in Mumbai and Delhi,” Gaurang Shetty, senior vice-president, commercial, Jet Airways, said in the statement.

The airline’s new flights commence operations at a time when India has strengthened its position as one of UAE’s largest trading partners and the bilateral trade is at an all-time high, it said.

Besides Jet Airways other domestic carriers such as IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India Express have also added flights to the business and trade hub of the Gulf region.

While Gurgaon-based no-frills SpiceJet had early this week launched its flight services to Dubai from Jaipur and Hyderabad, another budget carrier IndiGo had last week commenced its third daily direct service to Dubai from Delhi.

Besides, Air India Express, the international budget arm of national carrier Air India, has also announced its plans to introduce flights services to Dubai from the national capital from May.