//Air Arabia to launch its service to Kochi from May

Air Arabia to launch its service to Kochi from May

KOCHI: Flying to Sharjah from Kochi will become nearly 40 per cent cheaper from May 1, when Gulf region’s first low-cost carrier Air Arabia launches its services.

The Centre has granted rights to Air Arabia to fly between Kochi and Sharjah and the carrier would operate four flights a week till May 12.

Subsequently, the airline would introduce daily services on the sector, Air Arabia Manager (India) Rohit Ramachandran told reporters here.

The airline, on which tickets would be priced between between Rs 4,200 and Rs 6,700, has already asked the government about the possibility of it operating to other cities, including Amritsar, Coimbatore, Chennai, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram and Tiruchirapalli, Ramachandran said.

With growing trade ties between UAE and India, more cities are likely to get connected through the airline, he said, adding the airlines had already commenced its service to Mumbai and Jaipur.

Kochi is a key destination for Indians working in the UAE and the Gulf and this new development would also facilitate business travellers and tourists. It would also make Kerala more accessible as a  holiday destination from the Middle East. The airlines current fleet of five A-320 aircraft would grow to eight by this year end, he said.