Emirates will add a 13th weekly flight between the West Bengal capital of Kolkata and its home and hub in Dubai, commencing March 29, 2015. Operating on Wednesdays, EK 572 will depart Dubai International Airport at 13:00 to arrive at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at 19:15. The return flight EK 573 will depart at 20:30 and arrive in Dubai at 00:05 hours.
The inbound service offers convenient connections with several regions within Emirates’ network, including many of the 37 European, 17 Middle Eastern and 20 African cities Emirates serves. With this additional service, Emirates will operate 186 weekly flights across its network of 10 Indian destinations.
Ahmed Khoory, senior vice president, commercial operations– West Asia and Indian Ocean, Emirates Airline said, “Emirates commenced flights to Kolkata on March 26, 2006 the seventh city in India we launched flights to. Since then we have flown over 1.6 million people and 55,260 tonnes of cargo on this popular route. On the milestone of completing nine successful years of operations to Kolkata, we are happy to offer an extra weekly flight to passengers flying to the city which not only increases their choice of flight times but also introduces increased capacity and a first class cabin for our premium customers. The additional flight and increased capacity also means strengthening of travel options available not just to Kolkata, but the entire east and north-east India region. We hope this capacity addition will help connect even more people to the market, and facilitate greater trade to the region and its economy.”
Also on March 29, 2015 Emirates will start to operate a larger Boeing 777-200ER on the route as flight numbers EK 570 and EK 571 which will offer first class. Emirates will be the only airline operating a first class cabin to the city.