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Emirates to launch 10th Indian route

Emirates will introduce its 10th Indian destination this summer, the airline announced yesterday.

Emirates will introduce its 10th Indian destination this summer, the airline announced yesterday.

The Dubai-based carrier is launching six-weekly flights to Kozhikode, Kerala in July, with services operated on Boeing 777-200s and Airbus A330-200s.

Once launched, Kozhikode will be the third city in Kerala that Emirates flies to.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates' chairman and chief executive, said: "Kozhikode and the state of Kerala have a long-standing trade relationship with the Arabian peninsula that extends back into history.

"We are delighted to be able to provide a non-stop air link between Dubai and Kozhikode, which will help increase trade opportunities, and also make it more convenient for the large non-resident Indian community in the Gulf to visit their families and friends.

"We intend to continue promoting the beautiful state of Kerala and to bring more international tourists into the state through all our three gateways."

Other Indian city services that Emirates operates include Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, which were introduced in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

Kozhikode is a popular tourist destination with scenic beaches, heritage sites and cultural arts and festivals. It's also known for trading and marketing spices, rubber and industrial exports.

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