Etihad has announced plans to add a fourth daily flight between Abu Dhabi and London in order to “meet peak demand this festive season”.

The extra service will operate between December 15, 2018 and January 13, 2019, using a two-class B787-9 configured with 28 Business Studios and 271 economy seats.

Flight EY13 will depart Abu Dhabi at 0705 arriving into Heathrow at 1100 with the return leg EY14 leaving London at 1250, landing back into Abu Dhabi at 2345.

Etihad’s other three regular frequencies on the London-Abu Dhabi route are served by the A380 superjumbo.

The carrier says it is also adding frequencies and capacity on other routes over the peak winter period, including flights to Bahrain, Belgrade, Cairo, Istanbul, Medina and Kuwait.

Etihad recently confirmed plans to partner with No1 Lounges at Heathrow, rebranding its T3 lounge as The House – Home of Etihad Airways and Other Leading Airlines.

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