The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has allotted more flights to Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways on the highly lucrative "Kangaroo Route" which will connect Australia to UK. The two carriers are being awarded 14 additional flights which would be equally distributed by them in March next year for connecting east and west.
James Hogan, the Chief Executive of Etihad expressed that the airline has been executing plans for expanding its network to Australia for tapping rising business and leisure needs of the region.
Hogan added, "The announcement that Etihad Airways has been granted up to 14 additional flights each week is an indication of the airline's deepening bond with Australia."
Emirates Airline, which is a top sponsor of Australia's horse race, the Emirates Melbourne Cup and Wolgan Valley Resort, rolled out its operations to Australia before 14 years and it is currently operating to destinations including Sydney, Melbourne and Perth through 70 flights a week. Etihad launched its Australian services in 2007 and now operates 11 flights to Sydney, seven to Melbourne and three to Brisbane.
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