Etihad records 25 percent growth in its load factor

April 18th, 2008 - 5:36 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai April 18 (IANS) Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways Friday said it has recorded a 25 percent year on year growth in the load factor to its four Indian destinations. On the Indian sector, the load factor to Mumbai grew to 84 percent, followed by New Delhi at 79 percent.

In south India, Thiruvananthapuram notched a growth of 77 percent and Kochi 72 percent.

“The first quarter of 2008 has shown strong loads at an average of 78 percent from the four existing routes,” said Etihad Airways country manager Neerja Bhatia.

This summer, the airline will begin flying to Kozhikode and Chennai. Following a bilateral agreement between the two countries, Etihad is also finalising plans to launch flights to Jaipur and Kolkata.

“We have a very positive outlook as we double our routes in India in 2008. Our focus for the next quarter is to maintain these numbers and launch services to Chennai and Kozhikode,” said Bhatia.

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