Etihad Airways has announced four additional flights on its Abu Dhabi–Malé network.

From a daily service, the frequency will be scaled up to 11 flights a week. The new flight operations will be effective from June 15, 2018. A two-class A320 aircraft will be operated on the route, offering 16 seats in business Class and 120 in economy.

Following this, the flag carrier of UAE will also be enhancing connectivity between Maldives and key European countries on its network.

“We are increasing frequency to 11 flights a week in order to cater to growing demand on the route, and to provide our guests with more choice of flights so that they can make the most of their stay in the Maldives,” says Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer at Etihad Airways.

Etihad launched the route in November 2011, and since then, it has flown 5,50,000 passengers to and from the Maldives. Visitors from the UAE have increased 35 per cent over the past 12 months, while Europe continues to be the main source market for the Maldives.

Flight Schedule is as follows:

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY 278 Abu Dhabi 08:40 Malé 14.05 Daily Airbus A320
EY 279 Malé 20:35 Abu Dhabi 23:50 Daily Airbus A320
EY 260* Abu Dhabi 00:55 Malé 06:20 Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Airbus A320
EY 261* Malé 18:50 Abu Dhabi 22:05 Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Airbus A320

The additional flights (*) will operate every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15 June 2018.

Sanchita Nambiar