Etihad adds frequencies to four destinations
By: Ruchi Shroff
Etihad Airways will increase frequencies to Amman, Cairo, Islamabad and Muscat from June 15.
Services to Muscat will increase from 20 to 23 weekly flights. In addition, Etihad is adding four overnight flights per week to its existing double-daily operations to and from Amman. Flights to Cairo will increase from the current 18 weekly services to three times a day. Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, will see flights increase from seven to nine per week.
Kevin Knight, Etihad's chief strategy and planning officer, said: "We're not just improving the quantity of flights, but importantly, also the quality of connections to and from the Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinent capitals, offering seamless connectivity between key strategic cities across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas, and the GCC region."
In related news, Etihad is expanding check-in options in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai this summer, including an additional 5 kg baggage allowance.
The check-in locations, available from 24 hours before flying, and offering each passenger the 5kg additional baggage allowance, include Expo Check-in at ADNEC; Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi City Terminal; Al Ain Airport; and the Etihad Travel Mall in Dubai.
Passengers using the facilities can drop their baggage and collect their boarding pass from 24 to 6 hours before flying, which enables passengers to enjoy a more relaxed travel day.
Passengers travelling with only hand luggage can use Etihad Airways’ online check-in service up to 24 hours before flying. They can print boarding passes straight away, saving significant time at the airport.
Etihad will operate 94 flights a day out of Abu Dhabi this summer, an 8 per cent rise on the 87 daily flights that operated during the same season in 2012.