Etihad ups Russian services

Etihad Airways is upping its Russian offerings with the launch of services to Moscow and Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan.
The five flights a week Moscow and four flights a week Almaty services are set to follow on from the launch of Etihad flights to the Belarus capital Minsk which started on 5 August 2008.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Russia represents a key emerging market for Etihad. The country’s recent economic development is creating an increasingly affluent population with a huge appetite to access Abu Dhabi’s property market and growing leisure attractions.

“In addition, Abu Dhabi provides an ideal launch pad for Russian-based air travellers keen to access the growing number of international destinations now served by Etihad Airways.”

The Russian capital will be Etihad’s eleventh destination in its flight network in the Europe region which already includes services to Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Minsk, Munich and Paris.