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Etihad Airways enters East India with launch of daily Kolkata flights

India Blooms News Service | | 15 Feb 2015, 02:36 pm
Kolkata, Feb 15 (IBNS): Etihad Airways on Sunday launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kolkata (Calcutta), the airline's 11th destination in India on its own, and its 15th destination in combination with network partner Jet Airways.
Flight EY256 departed Etihad Airways’ hub at 11:10 and is scheduled to land at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in the West Bengal capital at 17:20 this afternoon (all local times).
 
Upon arrival in Kolkata, passengers will receive a garland of flowers and a cake cutting ceremony will take place at the arrival gate.
 
Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways’ General Manager - India, Craig Thomas, Etihad Airways’ Regional General Manager Asia Pacific North and Indian Subcontinent (ISC) and B P Sharma, Airport Director of Airports Authority of India, will also host a special ribbon cutting at the gate. 
 
Later on in the evening a traditional lamp lighting ceremony, to bring good luck, will take place at a reception for Kolkata travel industry representatives in the city.
 
The return flight EY255 will depart Kolkata at 18:20 this evening and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 22:30.