Emirates plans more flights to Indian destinations
“We are ready to open more points to India. There is insufficient capacities out of India to meet the rising demand from business and middle class that wants to travel abroad,” Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, told FE.
At present, Emirates operates from 10 locations including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi and Kozhikode, among other routes. “We have high seat factors in and out of many Indian points. As many of the carriers are reducing capacities such as European carrier like Lufthansa, We need to replace those capacities because at the end, the people of India both business and travel communities would suffer,” Clark said at Dublin after launch of the first daily Emirates flight between Dubai and Ireland last week.
Daily flight to Dublin is the third new route to be added to Emirates’ route network this year following the launch of flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 3, 2012. “Dublin is the 118th destinations for Emirates to be connected to Dubai which is expected to cater to tourists and expatriates communities from India, Australia and other countries,” Clark said after the launch of the flight.
On the possibility of acquiring Indian carriers
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