From next month, budget carrier ‘Flydubai’ will start flights from Dubai to three new Indian cities – Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. The carrier currently provides flights to three destinations in India.

In what could be great news for budget travellers who regularly seek air tickets to make Dubai-India journey, the low cost airline ‘Flydubai’ has decided to start its flights from Dubai to three Indian cities, including Delhi, from next month. The rise in flight services will take the number of Indian cities served by the carrier to six.

The Dubai-based carrier will offer flights to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kochi and Delhi from Dubai, offering greater flexibility and added options to fliers who are eager to book air tickets.

From June 1, the carrier will start a four times a week flight connecting Delhi and Dubai, while three times a week service will be offered on the Thiruvananthapuram-Dubai route, from June 2. From the next day, the airline will also be offering flights to Kochi, offering a three times a week flight to the city from Dubai.

As of now, the airline offers tickets for nine weekly flights to Lucknow, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad from Dubai.

The development comes close on the heels of India and Dubai signing a bilateral agreement which saw a rise in the number of flights that operators from each nation can run in a week. Emirates and Flydubai are two Dubai carriers which have a green signal from the authorities in Dubai to run flights to and from India. On the other hand, Jet, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India are allowed to provide air tickets on flights between India and Dubai.

Experts believe that an enhanced presence of a low-cost carrier on the route is likely to push traffic on the sector, with many budget holiday makers willing to buy tickets. The increase in the number of flights by Flydubai may also increase competition with Air Arabia, another budget carrier that operates over 100 weekly flights to 13 destinations in India from Sharjah.

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