By James Mathew
Dubai, as a destination, witnessed the highest outbound traffic from India on the IndiGo network in 2019
IndiGo, India’s budget airline, has launched a daily direct flight between Dubai and Kolkata, the capital city of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
"We are pleased to announce new non-stop flight connecting Kolkata with Dubai to strengthen our connectivity between Middle East and Asia," IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Datta said.
“The services on the new route will strengthen connectivity to the Middle East, besides catering to the growing international traffic to and from Kolkata,” IndiGo said in a media statement.
IndiGo will deploy Airbus320s for its operations to Dubai’s Terminal 1 from Kolkota.
Dubai, as a destination, witnessed the highest outbound traffic from India on IndiGo network in 2019, and the new connection will help the airline cater to and stimulate demand for outbound travel to and from Kolkata, the release said.
"These flights will be a step towards creating corridors of connectivity from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, with Kolkata as the gateway," it said.
Over the last few years, Kolkata has emerged as a well-known tourist destination, witnessing growth in both domestic and international tourists.
Kolkata logged 13.3 per cent growth in foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) between April-December 2019, the highest among all the metro cities in the country, the statement added.
Currently, there are 18 flights in a week from Dubai to Kolkata.
India is Dubai airport’s single largest destination country, with 554 weekly flights to 21 destinations in India.