Etihad to increase flights to Istanbul

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced it will fly daily between Abu Dhabi and Istanbul from January 1, 2013.

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Published: Fri 28 Sep 2012, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:09 AM

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 Sub-continent, North Asia and Australia.

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

James Hogan, Etihad 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 programmes.”

“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. Tokyo, for example, will increase from five services per week to daily in April 2013.”

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