By Andy Sambidge
Indian carrier to launch daily flights to Doha on Jan 21 amid growing demand.
Jet Airways, the Indian airline, is expanding its Middle East route network with a daily flight to Doha, Qatar, from Delhi from January 21, 2010.
The carrier said the daily service from Delhi comes in addition to daily flights from Mumbai and Kochi.
The flight is being introduced to meet growing customer demand for a direct service and further augments Jet Airways’ growing Middle East offering, the company said.
In July and August respectively Jet Airways launched inaugural flights from Mumbai to Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Jet Airways now flies to eight cities in the Gulf, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.
Jet Airways should also start flights to Mangalore. There is good demand as Mangalorean diaspora is quite sizeable in Qatar.
Even a service connecting Mangalore to Muscat is the need of the hour as there is a sizeable community from Karnataka in Oman which is currently dependent on the not so dependable service of the government owned Air India Express.