Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 11 December 2019

New flights ease pressure for Indian nationals in UAE

Airlines announce new services in time for summer break

The suspension of flights by Jet Airways and the start of the peak summer season has led to rising costs for travellers. Ravindranath K / The National
The suspension of flights by Jet Airways and the start of the peak summer season has led to rising costs for travellers. Ravindranath K / The National

Indians planning to visit family back home this summer are in line to benefit from new services to and from the UAE.

Thousands faced travel disruption following the suspension of flights by Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, in April.

SpiceJet is one airline now set to increase the frequency of its services between Dubai and Mumbai. It will introduce seven flights a week from August 3.

Air India and GoAir are also set to increase their services, flying to a number of Indian cities from the Emirates.

National carrier Air India said it would start flying from Indore to Dubai, and Dubai to Kolkata, on July 15, with the return trip from Kolkata to Dubai starting the next day. Fares will range from Dh1,050 to Dh1,200.

GoAir will introduce new flights between the UAE, other Arabian Gulf states and India, after recent additional routes between Abu Dhabi and Muscat, Oman, and to and from Kannur in Kerala were introduced.

The airline is also due to connect Abu Dhabi with Mumbai and Delhi.

Jet Airways, which served 60 cities, suspended its flights because of a Dh4.4 billion funding shortfall.

The move hit thousands of Indian expatriates living in the UAE who had planned to travel home this summer.

Many faced a huge hike in prices as they tried to book other flights, with few options available as demand soared.

Updated: July 14, 2019 11:51 AM

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