Etihad Airways takes off for Chennai, Kozhikode

August 2nd, 2008 - 9:15 am ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Aug 2 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s national airline Etihad Airways has launched its inaugural flights to Chennai and Kozhikode in India. “India is an enormously important market for Etihad and one we are very keen to expand further,” the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) quoted James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, as saying.

“The appetite for air travel between Abu Dhabi and India shows no sign of relenting and we hope to grow our Indian flying programme even further in the future.”

There are around 1.5 million expatriate Indians in the UAE and a large number of them hail from south India, especially Kerala.

The two separate launches Friday of Etihad’s new services increase the number of Indian destinations served by Etihad to six.

This brings the total number of global destinations now served by the Abu Dhabi-based airline to 47, a number that will rise to 50 by the end of 2008 with the launch of new services to Minsk in Belarus, Moscow in Russia and Almaty in Kazhakstan.

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