Etihad Airways will resume service between Kolkata and Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the airline said. The flights, which operate daily, will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, offering eight business class seats and 150 economy class seats, the company said.
It added that with the restart of services to Kolkata, Etihad will now fly to 14 destinations in the region – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
The plane will take off from Abu Dhabi at 9.10pm local time and land in Kolkata at 3.30am. The plane will depart Kolkata at 4.35am and arrive in the UAE capital at 8.15am local time.
“Our return to Kolkata takes place at the same time as our twice-daily flights to New York, providing better access between India and the US via Abu Dhabi, and our guests can utilize our US pre-clearance facility to arrive seamlessly across the state, said Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Cargo.
Last week, low-cost carrier Air Arabia launched a service between Kolkata and Abu Dhabi, flying three days a week. It also operates an Airbus A320.
Etihad Airways has suspended services between Kolkata and Abu Dhabi following the outbreak of COVID-19. Kolkata has direct flights to Dubai and Doha, two other West Asian destinations.
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