Etihad Airways will add three extra weekly services between its base in Abu Dhabi and Manila.
With effect from May 1, 2016, the Gulf carrier will offer a total of 17 return flights per week. The additional frequencies will be operated by a two-class B777-300ER with 28 seats in business and 384 in economy.
Flight EY435 will depart Abu Dhabi every Monday, Saturday and Sunday at 1435 and arrive in Manila at 0345 the following day. The return service on flight EY434 will take off from Manila at 0655 and touch back down in Abu Dhabi at 1200.
The arrival of the flight into Abu Dhabi has been timed to provide convenient transits for onward connections to Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh, which according to Etihad are in the top 10 destinations for travellers to and from the Philippines.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, attributed the frequency upgrade decision to healthy passenger traffic between the two destinations.
“The Abu Dhabi-Manila route is one of our strongest in terms of demand and has been capacity-constrained over the past few years.
“The new services will increase capacity between the two cities by almost 2,500 seats per week, enabling Etihad Airways to better serve the market in the UAE and the Philippines for point-to-point travel.”
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