Etihad Airways says it is meeting customer demand by boosting flights between its Abu Dhabi base and Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

A second daily flight will resume on 15 January, providing passengers with 14 flights per week between the cities.

Both daily frequencies will be operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, with in-flight wifi connectivity.

To compare, Emirates will fly three times a day to Kuala Lumpur this winter with a combination of 777-300ER and A380 aircraft, while Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines will each offer double daily flights between Kuala Lumpur and Doha.

Back to Etihad, the combined double-daily flights will see the carrier offer 425,000 seats annually between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur, representing a year-on-year capacity increase of 75 per cent.

The move means that Etihad will offer up to 77 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Southeast Asia this winter.

This includes double daily flights to each of Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Jakarta, as well as daily flights to Singapore.

Separately, Etihad also confirms that it will increase its frequency on Abu Dhabi-Colombo to 10-weekly flights from May 2024.

“With our convenient departures from Abu Dhabi, our second Kuala Lumpur flights will optimise timings for UAE residents wishing to have a break in Malaysia,” said Arik De, chief revenue officer at Etihad.

“Moreover, the new daytime and night-time flights from Kuala Lumpur allow travellers reaching Abu Dhabi more options to explore what the city has to offer in terms of business and pleasure. It further reaffirms our commitment to bringing more guests to enjoy Abu Dhabi, as well as connecting to our growing global network.”