AIE boosts Abu Dhabi operations
Abu Dhabi, May 2, 2009
Air India Express’ (AIE) has enhanced its Abu Dhabi operations with two new routes -Tiruchirapally and Chennai in southern India - besides increasing its frequency of service to Kochi from five to six flights per week.
AIE is the low cost airline subsidiary of Air India, which operates from its base at Cochin International Airport. It now connects Abu Dhabi International Airport with six destinations in India with 21 weekly flights.
Since it first started flying to the UAE capital four years ago, the airline has experienced organic growth as the high demand for airline services has led the airline to increase frequencies and include additional routes.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) officials welcomed AIE's commitment to their expanding Abu Dhabi operations.
Air India Express has started flying from Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport to Tiruchirapally and Chennai in southern India with two weekly flights at 18:20 on Thursdays and Saturdays, said a top Adac official.
The new routes will be serviced by a Boeing 737-800 in an economy class configuration.
The two new destinations and the increased frequency to Cochin will serve the large and growing Indian community based both within Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates.
Adac’s recent traffic figures also show the Indian subcontinent continues to experience a strong increase in traffic. In March alone, traffic to and from India increased by 32 per cent, making it the largest single travel market for Abu Dhabi.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, vice president of Airline Marketing and Aeronautical Revenue, said: 'ADAC is delighted to be part of the growth and success of Air India Express. We believe in providing high quality airport facilities and services that can form a foundation from which airlines can grow and expand.'
'We are also pleased to continue to expand the breadth of choice we offer our customers. These services will help us to better serve the huge Indian expat community that reside in the UAE,' he added.
Reiterating AIE’ commitment to the Abu Dhabi market, Fali. D. Warden, executive director for MEA, Air India & AIE, said: 'With the new flights to Tiruchirapally, we are confident that it will be successful in attracting passengers not only from the immediate vicinity but from narby districts of Tanjavur, Ramnad & Madurai as well.'
'The sustained introduction of Air India Express services from Abu Dhabi reflects the growing importance which Air India attaches to this region,' he added.
Air India Express also operates weekly flights from Cochin and Kozhikode to Al Ain International Airport, the Emirates second largest airport which is quickly developing as the regions preferred low cost carrier hub.-TradeArabia News Service