Travellers headed for India’s south-western coast can now fly direct from Dubai to Kannur, Kerala.
GoAir landed its inaugural flight from Kannur at Dubai International Airport on Thursday evening.
Flights to the city in Kerala take about four hours and depart Dubai daily from Terminal 1.
Flights leave DXB at 11.20pm and land in Kannur at 4.35am. Return flights leave Kannur just after 7pm and arrive in Dubai at 9.55pm.
To celebrate the new service, the airline is offering introductory prices with one-way fares starting from 6,199 Indian Rupees (Dh331). The Indian airline already flies daily from Abu Dhabi and Muscat to Kannur.
Located about 80 kilometres north of Kozhikode, Kannur was once the hub of the spice trade. Colonial Portuguese, Dutch and British influences are evident across the city, and sites worth a visit include St Angelo and Tellicherry forts.
Still very much off the beaten tourist trail, travellers can hike through forests to discover pristine waterfalls, lounge on uncrowded beaches and check in at unpretentious guesthouses and family-run hotels.
The new flight brings Dubai and Indian flight connections to about 360 per week to 21 different destinations across the subcontinent.