[Livery of the Week] October 4, 2023, 9:53 am ET.By Will Lee.
Etihad Airways Reviving its Route Network
United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Airways has been expanding its network since the end of the pandemic. The airline has extended its route map again by adding the new flight services to Osaka, Japan; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Dusseldorf, Germany.
In addition, a new service to St. Petersburg will be launched on Oct. 29, and flights to Indian cities Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram will be launched on Jan. 01.
In the meantime, the airline will ramp up its services to European cities in November, such as Madrid and Milan. By popular demand, the airline will also scale up flight operations to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
“The new flights are the next important steps as we enhance our network delivering greater connectivity for our guests and serving their demand for more opportunities to visit Abu Dhabi,” Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer of the airline said.
Abu Dhabi-based airline launches the new route with an eye to attracting more visitors to the city. Earlier this year, Etihad and Emirates Airlines, its main rival, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost the country’s tourism. Both airlines expand their interline agreement and provide travelers additional itinerary options when visiting the country. Etihad touts the new routes could play a vital role in supporting Abu Dhabi.
The airline has recently awarded as a Five-star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) for the third consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Neves has revealed the airline’s strategy for expanding the network. The airline would suspend a route after falling short of making profit within three to six months, and it has leaned toward developing medium and long-haul flight in recent years.
In the meantime, Etihad aims to triple its passenger volume to 30 million and double its fleet to 150 aircraft by 2030. According…