KOCHI: The Indian diaspora, especially Keralites, hit by travel woes following the diplomatic row in Qatar have reasons to cheer as the Kochi-headquartered Air India Express (AIE) has decided to start four services from Kochi to Doha from August 15.
This is the first time AIE is operating direct flight services to Doha from Kochi.
In the first stage, the airline will launch three direct flight services to Doha from Kochi from August 15 and one more will be launched by September 15. The airline is operating additional flights between Doha, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram from June 24 to cater to the increased demand on these sectors in the light of the Qatar crisis.
Currently, AIE operates 14 flights per week between India and Doha, of which seven connect Kerala to Doha. With four more services being added, there will be 11 AIE flights to Doha from Kerala and a total of 18 flights from the country in a week.