Emirates to fly to Kozhikode from July 1

Emirates airline will launch a six-flights-a-week service to the South Indian city of Kozhikode from July 1 this year.

Age-old trade ties between Dubai and Kozhikode – a port city in the Southern Indian state of Kerala that welcomed its first Middle Eastern traders as early as the seventh century – are set to accelerate with the launch of the Emirates service.

Kozhikode, Emirates' third gateway in Kerala after Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram and its 10th in India, bears testimony to the airline's long-standing commitment to this market and its robust expansion drive, said a press statement.

To promote its award-winning product and to brief the travel trade on the wide range of services offered, Emirates has hosted a massive road show in Kozhikode.

A high-level Emirates delegation led by Salem Obaidalla, senior vice-president commercial operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean and comprising Orhan Abbas, vice-president India and Nepal, senior executives from the airline's home base in Dubai and its Indian headquarters in Mumbai addressed a gathering of more than 600 agents from Kozhikode and its surrounding districts including Cannanore, Pallakkad, Mallapuram, Tellicherry and Trichur.

On the new route, Emirates will operate the technologically advanced Boeing 777-200 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft in two-class configurations offering more than 2,000 seats and almost 100 tonnes of cargo capacity per week per direction.