GoAir direct flights between Abu Dhabi and tourism fav Kannur

By Divi S.

ABU DHABI 3 March 2019: GoAir airlines will roll out direct flights between Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE and the newly opened Kannur International Airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

GoAir now flies to 4 International destinations from India – Phuket, Malé, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

GoAir will launch of four flights operating every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The inaugural flight from Kannur to Abu Dhabi was received with much fanfare yesterday, as the Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travelers departing from AUH. In addition, Kannur itself is popular leisure and business destination within the state of Kerala, said Wam.

Bryan Thompson, CEO Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “India is a key travel market for Abu Dhabi International Airport, and we are always eager to strengthen our connectivity to the Indian Subcontinent, enhancing further our services extended to our dear customers.”

Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “As one of our most promising new partners, we are pleased to welcome GoAir’s flights to Abu Dhabi. India has always been one of our largest and most important areas of operations.”

The Abu Dhabi route was opened under a partnership with Safar Travel & Tourism, a member of Alfahim Group, which will act as the general sales agent for GoAir in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

With the inaugural flight from Kannur to Abu Dhabi International Airport taking off this March, GoAir will offer direct flights on Airbus 320neo with two cabin configurations, economy ‘GoSmart’ and business ‘GoBusiness’.

Jeh Wadia, Managing Director of GoAir, said: “This is a historic moment for GoAir… with its maiden flight taking off from Kannur to Abu Dhabi, thereby strengthening the India-UAE relationship one step further. GoAir is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, and Abu Dhabi is our fourth international destination after Phuket, Malé and Muscat, and our 28th destination overall.

GoAir’s flight schedule will provide passengers with four direct flight services per week at an attractive all-inclusive one-way fare of Dh435.

Awj Khalil, General Manager of Safar Travel & Tourism, said: “India represents one of the fastest-growing markets for budget airlines, with GoAir at the forefront of the movement to make air travel an affordable option for everyone. By giving more people access to GoAir’s routes and its connections with India’s major international transport hubs served by UAE-based carriers, Safar is also contributing to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s aviation and tourist sectors.”

Kannur International Airport is expected to serve more than one million passengers annually, and authorities estimate the number will increase fivefold by 2025. With approximately 2.8 million Indian nationals living in the UAE, Safar Travel & Tourism’s strategic agreement with GoAir means a large segment of the Abu Dhabi community can now benefit from the company’s extensive range of professional, convenient and low-cost travel services. Travelers will be able to book flights to any of GoAir’s 22 domestic destinations with ease.

Popular Kannur

Kannur is one of India’s most popular beach destinations that has been traditionally associated with the Arab world through trade relations that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Historically described as the Land of Looms and Lores, this small town with the Western Ghats in the east and the Lakshadweep Sea in the west enjoys a wealth of natural beauty. Kannur boasts beaches, hill stations, rivers, backwaters, historical monuments and religious centers.

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