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Jazeera Air to fly to Mumbai, Delhi

Source: PTI
July 03, 2006 17:34 IST
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Kuwait's new budget carrier Jazeera Airways on Monday launched flights to Mumbai and Delhi, planning to increase the number of destinations in the country in the near future.

Jazeera, which is the first private airline in West Asia, is competing with the state-owned Kuwait Airways and has started its initial operations with a quota of 1300 seats each week.

It would be operating three, six flights to Delhi and Mumbai respectively every week, its chairman and CEO Marwan Boodai said.

The airline, which now has three Airbus A-320s, would add another by this weekend and one more in the next six months, he said, adding that Jazeera has already placed firm orders for ten A-320s with options for another six.

Asked about the Indian cities it planned to launch operations from, Boodai said the airline would like to add Hyderabad and one more destination to begin with. "It will depend on the bilateral air service talks between India and Kuwait later this month. But we are looking at many more destinations including Hyderabad".

He refused to elaborate on the fares but said the base promotional price was around ten Kuwaiti Dinar or about $30.  Boodai said the airline had a new low cost model with two classes - Jazeera (economy) and Jazeera Plus (premium economy).

"Fares depend on market-driven scenario and seasonal fluctuations. But the earlier you book, better price you get".

Observing that India was the largest market for West Asian airlines, he said there was tremendous potential for growth in this sector.

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