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Flydubai to launch India flights.

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Flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, is all set for take off to the Indian sub-continent with the announcement of a trio of routes to the region.

Flydubai will begin its Indian adventure with flights to the north eastern city of Lucknow on July 13 closely followed by Coimbatore in the south of the country on July 14.

The ticket prices to both these sectors will start from Dh425 ($116), including all taxes and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10kg.

The trio of destinations will be completed on July 23 when flights to the north western city of Chandigarh begin, said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai.

'We are delighted to be able to announce our first three Indian destinations today. India is a very important market and we are looking forward to a long and successful future serving the needs of customers wishing to travel between the two countries.' 'A lot of work has gone into making this announcement possible and I would like to thank the Indian authorities for all their assistance.'

'There is a huge Indian expatriate population living in the UAE and an even larger number of people keen to travel to the region for both business and pleasure.

'Flydubai is committed to making travel between Lucknow, Coimbatore, Chandigarh and the UAE a little less complex, a little less stressful and a little less expensive and we are confident this will help to stimulate more people to travel more often to these destinations,' he added.

The flight FZ449 will depart Dubai for Lucknow on July 13 and will operate four times per week.

Lucknow, with a population of more than 5 million, is the second largest city in north, east and central India, after Delhi. Popularly known as The City of Nawabs and the Golden City of the East, Lucknow is one of the top ten fastest growing cities in India. The thrice-weekly Coimbatore service, FZ413, will take off from Dubai on July 14. Coimbatore is in the South of India, and with a population of around 1 million, is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, Coimbatore has an extensive textile industry and is among the top 17 global outsourcing cities. Flydubai's third Indian destination, Chandigarh, also known as The Beautiful City, serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana.

With a population of around 1 million, Chandigarh is the richest city in India with a per capita income of Rs 110,676 annually. Chandigarh is India's first planned city and is internationally renowned for its architecture and planning. FZ431 will become the first international flight to touch down at Chandigarh airport on July 23. Prices to Chandigarh start from Dh350 ($95.3), Al Ghaith added.-TradeArabia News Service

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Date:Jun 24, 2009
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