Etihad set to increase flights

Etihad Airways is to increase its flying programme by 21 per cent at the end of October when the airline will also bid to attract more Egyptian based travellers with the introduction of new flight timings to improve connecting services. A significant part of this increase is on the airline’s routes connecting Cairo to Asian destinations via Abu Dhabi. The airline flies 10 times a week to the UAE’s capital from Egypt compared to four in 2004.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline will boost its weekly flights from 564 to 716 for the global aviation industry’s winter season which starts on 28 October with most of the increases set to take-off in the GCC, Europe and the Indian subcontinent.

The extra flights will improve 17 routes across Etihad’s global network including Bahrain, which doubles from 14 to 28 flights a week and Muscat jumps from seven to 21 flights a week.

Etihad’s strong network across the Middle East will be strengthened further with increases on routes to Doha, from seven to 14 flights a week, Amman from six to daily and Damascus from five to daily.

Etihad flights to Frankfurt will increase from seven to 10 a week, Geneva moves from three to four flights a week, Dublin goes from four to six flights a week and London Heathrow rises from 14 to 19 flights a week.

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James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said:

‘Customers will benefit tremendously with the extra number of flights and a much improved timetable which will see better, shorter and more frequent flight transfer connections at our Abu Dhabi base.”

‘By adding depth and frequency to our expanding route network we are able to offer a simpler, more convenient travel experience for the flying public.’

The airline’s services to the Indian subcontinent will receive a significant boost as Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, Etihad’s two Kerala routes, and the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, will all increase to daily flights.

Etihad was recently named ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline,’ ‘Middle East’s Leading First Class Airline’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline Website’ at the inaugural regional World Travel Awards, Middle East & Africa ceremony, that took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.


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