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Etihad Airways to increase Flights to Istanbul

Karachi, October 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will fly daily between Abu Dhabi and Istanbul from January 1, 2013.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline launched services to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, with four non-stop flights a week in June 2009, increasing to five services per week later that same year.

The daily service will support traffic growth between Abu Dhabi and Turkey and connecting traffic to onward destinations across the GCC, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia and Australia.

To date, Etihad Airways has flown more than 200,000 guests on the route.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said the move to daily services was motivated by strong performance and the potential for further growth.

“Since launching, we have observed a high point-to-point traffic flow between Istanbul and Abu Dhabi, accounting for the largest share of travellers on the route. This is indicative of the thriving trade and commercial relationship between these two countries, as well as world-class tourism programs.

“A significant number of passengers on the route travel between Turkey and Northeast Asia and Australasia. Further supporting this traffic is Etihad Airways’ ongoing growth in Asia”.

The daily flights to Istanbul will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, configured with 16 Pearl Business class and 120 Coral Economy class seats and passengers from Pakistan can enjoy two way smooth connections from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad everyday.

For more information, contact:
Etihad Airways
309, the Forum,
Kehkashan Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
Toll Free: 00800 900 440 17
Fax: +9221 3530 1321
Web: www.etihadairways.com

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