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Emirates Commences Operations To Kolkata

Media Release
28 March 2006

Emirates Commences Operations To Kolkata And Addis Ababa

Emirates, which is scheduled to add eight new destinations to its global network in 2006, has started services from Dubai to the Indian city of Kolkata; and to the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

The Dubai-based international airline, which has embarked on a major expansion drive in India, entered the north east Indian skies for the very first time, as it commenced its direct, six-flights-a-week service to Kolkata. The airline's presence in India now stands at seven cities served by 63 weekly flights.

Emirates' Kolkata service follows closely on the launch of the airline's operations to Thiruvananthapuram in the South Indian state of Kerala. The airline has also unveiled plans to launch eight flights a week to Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, from October 29.

Meanwhile, Emirates is consolidating its presence in East Africa, a region it has served since 1995 when it introduced non-stop services to Nairobi, Kenya.

The thrice-weekly operations to Addis Ababa make the Ethiopian capital Emirates' fourth gateway in East Africa, which is currently served by double daily flights to Nairobi and daily flights each to Entebbe and Dar-es-Salaam. Emirates will boost its frequency on the Dubai-Addis Ababa route to daily services from December 1.

All four of Emirates' daily services from New Zealand to Dubai connect with the Addis Ababa service, which departs Dubai at 8.25am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: "In 2006, Emirates is headed for a major expansion of its route network. We have already launched services to Abidjan in Africa; Thiruvananthapuram in India; and Hamburg in Europe. During the year we will continue to grow and enter new markets such as Beijing and Nagoya where there is a strong demand for our services."

On both the latest routes Emirates will operate wide-bodied Airbus A330-200 aircraft.


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