Emirates boosts Indian services

Emirates Airline is launching a new service to Ahmedabad, India’s sixth largest city.

From October 28th 2007, the Dubai-based international carrier will serve Ahmedabad six times a week.  The flights will operate 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’ Ahmedabad service will inject over 1500 passenger seats and 100-plus tones of cargo capacity per week on the route.  UK passengers can connect via 14 services per day operating from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and Newcastle.

Ahmedabad is an important industrial centre with a booming textile industry.  Also found within the walled city are historical monuments dating back to the 15th century.  Topping its list of must-see tourist attractions is the Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi - father of the Indian nation.

Ahmedabad is the latest in a series of new routes, namely Newcastle, Sao Paulo, Toronto, and Houston, to be launched by the airline this year. It also represents Emirates’ fourth Indian gateway in a span of less than two years.


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.”

“I am also confident the new, direct link will prove popular with business and leisure travellers,” he added.