Jet Airways to Keep Adding Capacity into Kerala Market

Thiruvananthapuram: Jet Airways, when combined with Etihad, is within striking distance of becoming the number one international carrier operating in Kerala, offering close to 23,500 seats every week. Jet operates 13 international flights from Kerala – four from Thiruvananthapuram, six from Kochi and three from Kozhikode – providing a total of 14,600 seats per week. Jet Airways commenced daily flights on the Thiruvananthapuram-Dubai-Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode-Sharjah-Kozhikode sectors from October 30 onwards. The airline has also started a morning non-stop daily flight in the Delhi-Kochi-Delhi sector to cater to domestic flyers.

Praveen Iyer, Vice President, Commercial, India Sales, Jet Airways, who was in Thiruvananthapuram recently to announce the introduction of new daily service from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai, said the airline would continue to add capacity into the Kerala market as there is growth in the sector. “We are witnessing lot of movements in the domestic tourism sector. We would closely work with Kerala Tourism and support the sector through better schedules and by introducing more flights,” he said.

The airline has deployed Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft in the Kerala-Middle East sector, a highly competitive and growing market. “We are confident that our new service will provide guests enhanced options to plan their travel and offer additional impetus for trade between India and the UAE, and investments. Jet is operating flights from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Muscat, Dammam and Doha,’’ he said.

The outbound 9W 210 flight will depart from Thiruvananthapuram at 8 am and arrive in Dubai at 11 am local time. On the return leg, the 9W 209 flight will depart from Dubai at 11.59 pm local time and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 5.45 am. The 9W 208 flight will depart from Kozhikode at 9.25 pm and arrive in Sharjah at 11.55 pm. The inbound flight 9W 207 will depart from Sharjah at 4.20 pm local time and reach Kozhikode at 9.45 pm.

According to Iyer, the attractive combinations offered by Jet in association with Etihad to various destinations make the airline the most preferred carrier. “If somebody wants to fly to the US, we have options available via Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, London and Paris. It is a deadly combination available if you have to fly via Gulf or through three European points. The moment you create that kind of connectivity, you would become the automatic choice,” he said. The Kerala Capital became the fifth Indian city to be connected by the airline to Dubai while the new service to Sharjah made Kozhikode the third Indian city to be connected by Jet Airways to Sharjah.