By Joe Mortimer
Three-times-weekly service to Kozhikode set to launch on February 26, pending approval.
Sharjah-based low cost carrier Air Arabia is set to become the first Middle East carrier to launch flights to the Southern Indian city of Kozhikode.
The three-times-weekly service will begin on February 26, subject to final approval from the Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, increasing to six flights weekly by May.
Kozhikode will be the tenth Indian city served by Air Arabia from its hub, Sharjah International Airport.
"We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of service to our newest destination in India, demonstrating once again Air Arabia's unmatched commitment to the Subcontinent," said AK Nizar, head of commercial department, Air Arabia.
"The addition of Kozhikode to our growing destination network is particularly significant for the Indian expatriate population in the UAE and wider Gulf region, which includes an especially large percentage of non-resident Indians who call Kerala home."
The route would be popular with both residents and the increasing number of visitors who opt to travel to the city - the third largest in Kerala - he added.
Air Arabia flies to two other destinations in Kerala, with daily flights to Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
The carrier now serves 38 destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia.