Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jazeera kicks off India ops with Hyderabad flights

Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s leading low cost airline operating regionally and internationally, has relaunched its India operations with daily flights to southern city of Hyderabad, its first destination.

This new service will address surging travel demands with low cost fares at convenient frequencies for leisure, business or religious travel, said a statement from the Kuwaiti airline.

Upon arrival at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, Jazeera Airways, which flew in its media partners and travel agents from Kuwait, was greeted in style.

Flight J9 608 took off from Kuwait International Airport on November 16 at 6.40pm and landed in Hyderabad at 1.35am early morning. 

To mark the special occasion, all 165 passengers flying from Kuwait to Hyderabad received a gift box of traditional Kuwaiti sweets.

The return flight J9 608 will depart Hyderabad at 02.20 am and arrive in Kuwait at 05.10 am. The new evening route has a weekly capacity of 4,000 seats and allows passengers to conveniently enjoy a full day at their destination. 

The Kuwaiti budget carrier held a joint press conference with GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) to celebrate the grand launch. This will be followed by flights to the south Indian city of Kochi, financial hub Mumbai and Ahmedabad early next year as the airline expands its network to serve its Indian sub-continent targeting the nearly 1 million Indian nationals residing in Kuwait. 

Addressing the gathering, Jazeera Airways CEO Rohit Ramachandran said: "This is a proud moment for us marking the expansion of our network in to India. We are delighted to start with Hyderabad, a 400-year old city and a technology hub, bringing more choice to Indian travellers, connecting them to Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Bahrain and Dubai."

"In addition, we offer for religious travelers connections to Taif in Saudi Arabia, Najaf (Iraq), Mashad (Iran) and Amman for the holy land," noted Ramachandran.

"India is a financial and tourist powerhouse and we are eager to capitalize on the enormous opportunities ahead," he added.

SGK Kishore, the chief executive of GHIAL, said: "We welcome Jazeera Airways to Hyderabad and we are very happy to note that they have chosen Hyderabad Airport as their first Indian destination."

"We are confident that this will further boost the tourism potential between India and various tourist destinations in the Middle East including Kuwait, Iran, Jordan and Egypt among others. With the largest domestic network in the region, Hyderabad Airport is best placed to serve as the Gateway to South and Central India and the launch of this new service to Kuwait by Jazeera Airways is a testament to this fact," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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