Jet Airways adds two new routes to the Middle East
Jet Airways has added two new routes to the Middle East. On Sunday 7 August the Indian carrier began daily flights on the 3,119-kilometre route between Hyderabad (HYD) and Dammam (DMM) in Saudi Arabia and also on the 2,448-kilometre route between Mangalore (IXE) and Sharjah (SHJ) in the UAE. Both routes will be served by 737-800s. Gaurang Shetty, Wholetime Director, Jet Airways, said: “Jet Airways is delighted to offer these new flight options and great service to travellers to the Arabian Gulf. With economic ties between India and the Gulf region flourishing, Jet Airways recognises the need to provide more flight options to its passengers. Jet Airways, is a preferred brand in this highly competitive Indo-Gulf market and offers unparalleled service and quality onboard its flights.” Competition is limited to a weekly service with Saudi Arabian Airlines on the Hyderabad to Dammam route. Jet Airways already serves Abu Dhabi and Dubai from Mangalore. In total Jet Airways now operates 35 routes between India and the Middle East. According to OAG Schedule Analyser this gives it 16.6% of scheduled seat capacity in this market, just ahead of Emirates (16.3%), Air India Express (10.3%), Etihad Airways (9.7%), Saudi Arabian Airlines (7.4%) and Air India (7.3%).