Emirates lays on flights to Ahmedabad

Emirates Airline plans to start non-stop services to Ahmedabad,
providing a first direct link between India’s sixth largest city, and
Dubai.Emirates plans to operate six flights per week to Ahmedabad at the start
of the winter timetable i.e. on 28th October. Flights will be operated
in two- and three-class configurations using the modern A330-200 and
Boeing 777-200 aircraft; both popular choices for the airline’s existing
India network.

The Emirates’ Dubai-Ahmedabad service will take approximately three
hours, and will inject over 1500 passenger seats and 100-plus tonnes of
cargo capacity per week on the route.

Dubbed the ‘Manchester of the East’, Ahmedabad is an important
industrial centre with a booming textile industry. Also to be found
within the walled city and beyond it are historical monuments dating
back to the 15th century, offering visitors a blend of Hindu and Islamic
styles of architecture. Topping its list of must-see tourist attractions
is the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi - father of the Indian nation
and pioneer of the ‘Satyagraha’ or non-violent freedom movement.

Ahmedabad is the latest in a series of new routes, namely Newcastle, Sao
Paulo, Toronto, and Houston, to be launched by the Dubai-based airline
in the present year. It also represents Emirates’ fourth Indian gateway
in a span of less than two years, the others being Thiruvananthapuram,
Kolkata and Bangalore - all launched in quick succession in 2006.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive,
Emirates Airline & Group noted: “Emirates decision to start operations
to Ahmedabad comes close on the heels of our recent announcement to
expand services to Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad; clearly
signalling our expansion-based strategy for India. We are pleased that
our enhanced presence will provide travellers, particularly those in the
Middle East - home to the burgeoning Non Resident Indian (NRI)
population - with more convenient access to India.”


p>“I am also confident the new, direct link will stimulate increased
commerce and tourism exchange between long-standing partners U.A.E. and
India, and prove popular with business and leisure travellers,” he