Operations to Hyderabad to be extended by Etihad Airways

From November 2009, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, will introduce its flights between Abu Dhabi and Hyderabad four times a week, which will further become a daily service from the beginning of 2010.

It should be noted that with the addition of Hyderabad, the number of Indian destinations served by Etihad comes to seven.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, stated in a press release: "Hyderabad is a key Indian destination not currently served directly from Abu Dhabi. It, therefore, represents a great opportunity for our airline."

Sripathy, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said: "This will provide a wider choice for travelers wishing to fly to the United Arab Emirates from our airport."

Presently 38 flights a week are being operated by Etihad from the UAE to India, with flights from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode and Chennai. The airline is also making efforts to protect further traffic rights from Abu Dhabi to other India cities, including Bangalore.

A two-class Airbus A320 would be operated by Etihad on the new Hyderabad route. The Airbus has the seating capacity of 140 passengers with 20 in business class and
120 in economy class.