April 15, 2008 / 9:36 AM / 11 years ago

Jet Airways eyeing more flights to Gulf

A Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft sits on the tarmac at Mumbai airport May 13, 2007. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Indian carrier Jet Airways plans to expand its low-cost airline into Gulf routes this year as it seeks to widen its reach to tap growing demand, the regional chief said on Tuesday.

“JetLite, our low cost airline, could fly into this region in four to five months. It could include the United Arab Emirates too,” Abraham Joseph, senior general manager for the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa, told a news conference on Tuesday.

“We are in advanced talks to get rights to fly to more cities in the Gulf states — Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, and others,” he said, announcing the launch of daily direct flights from Mumbai and New Delhi to Abu Dhabi starting April 23.

Jet Airways, which flies to all six Gulf states, has an average load factor of around 65 percent. “We expect this to grow to at least 70 to 75 percent in two years,” Joseph said.

Jet expects international revenues to contribute at least 50 percent of total revenues by 2010 from the current 30 percent, Joseph said.

The airline flies to 16 international destinations.

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