Catering to noticeable demand, Indian budget airline, Air India Express, has begun daily flights from Sharjah to Mumbai.
Celebrating this news, a function was held at Sharjah International Airport to ring in the inaugural flights from Sharjah to Mumbai. The celebration was attended by chairman, Department of Civil Aviation, HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Issam Al Qassimi; chairman, Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Ali Salim Al Midfa; director, Sharjah Airport Authority, Sheikh Faisal Bin Saud Al Qassimi; and regional manager – Gulf, Middle East & Africa, Air India, Melvin DeSilva. Adding to this, other airport officials as well as Air India Express’ senior managers also attended the event.
Al Midfa enthused on the news: “We wish Air India Express all the best in their new step which will provide additional choices to the subcontinent bound travellers. Also, this will enhance the strong relationship between two countries.”
Meanwhile, Al Qassimi said: “Sharjah International Airport is growing and attracting more airlines. Even the existing companies expand their businesses, thanks to the airport’s efficiency of operations, making it easier for the company to serve its customers in the region.”
Finally, De Silva declared: “We thank Sharjah Airport Authority and the Department of Civil Aviation Authority – Sharjah for their support and facilitating our operations through the airport. With the introduction of these services, Air India Express is now operating a total of 27 services week from Sharjah – seven each to Mumbai, Cochin and Calicut and three each to Varanasi and Trivandrum. In addition, Air India, the parent company of Air India Express, also operates 14 services per week from Sharjah – seven each to Cochin and Calicut, taking the total operations by the Air India group from Sharjah to 41 services per week to four destinations in India.”