Etihad to launch Hyderabad route

5 Aug 2009 by Mark Caswell

Etihad Airways will commence four times-weekly flights to the Indian city of Hyderabad in November, rising to a daily service at the start of next year.

The capital of the state of Andhra Praddesh will be the seventh Indian destination served by Etihad, with flights plied with Airbus A320 aircraft configured for 120 seats in economy passengers and 20 in business.

Commenting on the new route, James Hogan, Etihad’s CEO said: “Etihad has made no secret of the fact that it wants to build up its Indian services and looks forward to expand its flying programme to the country with the launch of this exciting new service.

“Hyderabad is a key Indian destination not currently served directly from Abu Dhabi. It therefore represents a great opportunity for our airline, one which I am sure will be warmly welcomed by the large Hyderabadi community living and working within the Emirate.

“As well as strong point-to-point traffic, we expect Hyderabad to make a significant contribution to the rest of our network, with particularly strong connecting traffic flows linking India to both North America and Europe.”

Etihad says it is also pushing to secure rights to fly between Abu Dhabi and other Indian cities including Bangalore.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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