Etihad increase More Flights to Paris and European Cities

Etihad Airways said it will increase summer frequencies from its hub in Abu Dhabi to the European cities of Paris, Milan, Geneva, Brussels and Manchester.The Gulf carrier will boost Paris flights to 14 a week from 10 to provide a double-daily timetable, it said in a statement today. Manchester in northern England will go from a daily service to 10 trips a week, Geneva and Milan from five a week to a daily service, and Brussels from six flights a week to eight.

Etihad, founded in 2003 and owned by the Abu Dhabi state, is seeking to bolster the lure of the emirate as a travel destination while establishing itself as a sustainable business. The carrier’s overall aim is to operate at least a daily service on key business routes to attract more corporate travelers, Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said in the statement.

The expanded timetable will be introduced as Etihad takes delivery of three Airbus SAS A330-300s and two Boeing Co. 777- 300ER wide-body planes, with the extra European frequencies becoming effective between June and August, the company said.Etihad is also moving to daily flights to Beijing, up from five a week, and to a daily service to Bangalore, India, from the four a week introduced when the service began on Jan. 1.A 777 plane able to carry 412 passengers will also be deployed to Chicago, the company said, and by October almost 75 percent of its 66 destinations will be served at least daily.

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