Emirates spreads its wings in India

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Mumbai, June 12 (UNI) Set against the backdrop of booming trade ties and escalating travel between Dubai and India, Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing carriers, has announced plans to advance its Indian operation with 18 additional flights per week, effective between July and October from New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Orhan Abbas, Emirates Airline Vice President, India&Nepal, told reporters here that Emirates is poised to support India's blistering growth in the 21st century with its efficient, reliable and increased air links.

The additional flights will be operated by ultra-modern Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft in two and three-class configurations, and will inject over 5900 seats on the Indian routes, he added.

The Dubai-based airline will step up its frequencies to the country's capital city, New Delhi, and IT hubs, Bangalore and Hyderabad, progressing its Indian footprints to 132 flights per week, the highest ever frequency for an international carrier in the Indian skies. The new frequencies will be introduced between July and October.

Emirates will introduce four additional weekly frequencies to the capital city, one each on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, starting July 2.

The enhanced capacity of 18 flights per week will provide corporate travellers smooth connections to international business hubs such as New York, London, Frankfurt, and Paris via Dubai. At the same time it will offer more flight options to North India's holiday seekers and students travelling to North America, UK, Switzerland and Mauritius, he added.

Cargo movement is also expected to gain momentum as the increased capability - over 300 tonnes per week--supports the growing export of garments, meat products, fruits and vegetables, machinery and spares to West Asia, Africa and Europe.

Bangalore will be served with seven additional weekly frequencies, two of which will be introduced in July and the remaining five in October. Emirates will progressively increase its Hyderabad service to 18 flights a week by October 1.

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