Etihad introduce new commission rate

Etihad Airways will introduce a one per cent International Air Transport Association (IATA) commission for UK travel agents handling ticket sales, beginning 1 January 2008.

The airline’s shift in commission rates, from nine per cent to one per cent, will bring it closer to UK and international aviation standard practice where zero per cent commission is increasingly common.

Clive Wratten, Etihad Airways’ UK manager, said, “We value highly our close relationship with the travel trade and the contribution our agents make to our business.

“We know our travel agency partners understand the aviation industry and recognise that the new commission rate is in line with the current industry climate. Etihad Airways will continue to provide competitive prices to our agents and we look forwarded to growing our business together.”

Etihad Airways was established as the national airline of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003.  Since its inception Etihad has grown faster than any other commercial airline in history.