Emirates, the Dubai-based airline which operates twice daily flights from Birmingham International Airport, is to start new services to Kolkata (Calcutta) in India from March 26.
The fast growing carrier will operate six non-stop flights per week from Dubai to the North-east Indian city, using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The introduction of services to Kolkata will see Emirates' Indian network grow to seven cities being served by 63 flights per week.
The announcement follows the airline's recent decision to enhance its services to Southern India by launching an eight times weekly service to Thiruvananthapuram on February 1 and increasing its flights to Cochin and Chennai at the same time.
Vic Sheppard, Emirates' vice-president UK & Ireland, said yesterday: "Emirates is delighted to offer its customers another exciting Indian destination.
"The start of Emirates flights to Kolkata is one more important milestone in the history of our Indian operations, as it signifies our entry in North-east India."
Emirates operates 91 non-stop flights per week from the UK to Dubai - five services a day from London Heathrow, three daily from London Gatwick, two per day from Manchester and Birmingham, and daily services from Glasgow.
From Dubai, it currently serves India with 43 non-stop flights a week - 19 to Mumbai, seven to Delhi, four to Chennai, five to Cochin and eight to Hyderabad.
Peter Vella, Birmingham International Airport's business development director, said: "This is great news and means that people wanting to reach India from their local airport will have even more choice from March.
"Over the last few years, flights to the Indian sub-continent from Birmingham have grown considerably with passenger numbers up by 22.6 per cent in 2005.
"The strong demand in the Midlands means that there are plenty of opportunities for carriers to introduce more capacity from Birmingham and we are working hard to make this happen."