Etihad Airways enters East India with launch of daily flights to Kolkata

ABU DHABI, 15th February, 2015 (WAM) — Etihad Airways today launched a daily flight on the route between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata, the airline’s 11th destination in India, and its 15th destination in combination with network partner Jet Airways.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We are delighted to add Kolkata, an economic powerhouse and Etihad Airways’ first destination in North Eastern India, to our flight network.

“This new service will support the growing demand from air travellers who are keen to fly between West Bengal and the Middle East, Europe and North America via our Abu Dhabi home base.” Kolkata is the main commercial and financial hub of East and North-East India, with a metropolitan population of approximately 14.1 million people. The city is home to the Kolkata Stock Exchange and has recently experienced a major economic rejuvenation, driven by the expanding IT sector.

Dr. B P Sharma, Airport Director of Airports Authority of India, said, “We are pleased to welcome Etihad Airways’ world-class service to our city. This will boost the aviation sector and strengthen Kolkata’s cultural and business connections.

The service to and from Kolkata also connects with a number of Etihad Airways’ key North American destinations, including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Toronto.