Etihad Airways is to increase the frequency of its Abu Dhabi – Jakarta flights from seven to 14 per week.
The addition of the new daily flight on October 27, 2013 will double the number of Boeing 777-300ER services operated by Etihad Airways between Abu Dhabi and Jakarta and will bring to 20 the number of weekly flights offered in partnership with Garuda Indonesia.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president, said the extra daily service would add 5,768 extra seats per week to the route.
“The extra capacity presents opportunities to capitalise on Indonesia’s rapidly growing aviation market and to leverage the growing trade between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.
“Last year, total bilateral trade between the UAE and Indonesia was valued at $3.3 billion, an increase of 32 per cent on 2011 – so we see significant opportunities to boost our share of the business travel market and to grow our successful freight division, Etihad Cargo.
“We entered the Indonesian market in March 2006 with a modest four flights a week between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi and since then, we have more than tripled our frequency and have developed a strong partnership with Indonesia’s flag carrier.”