Etihad to increase Indian operations in winter schedule

October 13th, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Oct 13 (IANS) India is among several destinations that Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, will increase operations to in its winter flying programme from Oct 26.The airline’s Indian flying programme will be boosted with an increased number of flights to Kochi in Kerala from six to seven per week and Chennai from one daily to 10 per week, the airline said in a statement.

There are around 1.5 million expatriate Indians in the UAE.

In all, Etihad will operate 825 weekly flights with the launch of new services to the Russian capital of Moscow Dec 1 and the former Kazakh capital city of Almaty Dec 2.

“The new winter flight schedule not only offers two exciting new destinations but also additional frequencies on a number of key routes, as well as improved connection opportunities through our Abu Dhabi home base,” Etihad chief executive James Hogan said in the statement.

“With the additional flying we remain on track to hit our target of flying six million passengers by the end of this year,” he added.

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