Following an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Canberra, Etihad Airways will in early 2007 commence daily services to Australia.At present the Abu-Dhabi based airline runs four weekly services.
The announcement came from Australian Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Transport Mark Vaile and was reported by Dow Jones news wire.
“I expect that Etihad will announce its commercial decision about the city or cities to which it will operate after holding discussions with Australia’s major international airports,” he said in a statement.
While Australia is already well-served by another UAE airline - Emirates - the new services by Etihad will provide consumers with a wider choice of flights to the UAE and more than 36 other destinations to which Etihad operates, he said.
“Air services discussions with the UAE are expected to be held early in 2007 to discuss additional changes to the current arrangements to meet the commercial needs of UAE and Australian airlines,” he said.
Etihad Airways won a number of accolades at this year’s World Travel Awards.