Etihad boosts cargo frequencies to India
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has boosted the number of destinations it serves in India by adding daily flights to Chennai and Kozhikode.
The move increases the number of Indian locations Etihad serves to six, which also include Cochin and Trivandrum (in the state of Kerala) plus metropolitan hubs Mumbai and New Delhi.
Etihad also indicated that subject to government approval, it also hoped to secure traffic rights to Ahmedebad, Amritsar, Hyderabad and Bangalore
"India is an enormously important market for Etihad and one that we are very keen to expand further," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive. "The appetite for air travel between Abu Dhabi and India shows no sign of relenting and we hope to grow our Indian flying programme even further in the future."
The new routes will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration. Although these aircraft are focussed on carrying passengers, bellyhold capacity on the A320 is set to allow Etihad Airways to complement rising passenger figures with increased freight to these new Indian destinations.
Etihad now operates a total of 728 flights weekly, as part of its expanded summer schedule, compared to 494 in the same period last year. Out of this total, 42 of these flights are to and from locations in the Indian subcontinent.