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Emirates adds one flight to Kolkata kitty

KOLKATA

Emirates Airline is set to add one more flight to Kolkata and upgrade the evening service to offer first-class seats alongside the current configuration of business and economy seats. The new flight that will begin operations from March 29 will take Emirates’ weekly frequency to 13.

Apart from Tuesdays, when the airline will have a single flight in the morning, it will offer passengers a choice of morning and evening flights on the other days. The changes will ring in an additional 250 seats a week, reports Times of India.

Announcing the introduction of the 13th frequency to Kolkata, Emirates vice-president (India & Nepal) Essa Sulaiman Ahmad said the capacity addition would facilitate greater customer choice and help the airline maintain competitive edge over rivals. Qatar Airways with a daily flight has already grabbed a pie of the West-bound traffic and Etihad is set to spice up competition further from February 15 when it launches a daily service. While Emirates will continue to be a favourite among professionals and executives, the entry of Etihad is expected to kick off a fare war on long-haul routes to Europe and the US.

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