Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the UAE, has decided to offer increased number of flight services to Indian cities Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kozhikode and Hyderabad from Abu Dhabi. 

Etihad Airways is offering more flights from the UAE to India this summer. The airline is going to escalate the frequency of flights to several key Indian cities – Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kozhikode and Hyderabad.

A double-daily frequency has already been started to Bangalore, Chennai and Kozhikode from 1st July. The increase in flight frequency to Hyderabad will take place from October 1st, the carrier said in a statement. The step has been taken keeping in mind the strong demand of air tickets from business and leisure travellers.

People will have the alternative of booking tickets for daytime or overnight flights. Better connections between India and major markets in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America are other benefits for travellers booking air tickets for the increased services.

Last month, double-daily flights were launched for the Kochi route.

To accommodate the higher number of flights to India, Etihad Airways will be using new Airbus A320s, which are scheduled for delivery this year. In November 2013, a three-class A340 for Mumbai flights marked the debut of airline’s First Class product on the route, and A330s on Delhi bound flights.

The airline has further upgraded Kochi flights with new Airbus A321; overnight flight services to India’s capital, Delhi will also be further improved with three-class Boeing 777 from July 15, offering more choices to travellers seeking air tickets on the route.

“As one of the largest, fastest-growing and most exciting travel markets in the world, India continues to play an important role in our growth plans,” Etihad Airways President And Chief Executive James Hogan said.

“Last year alone, more than 885,000 people flew on our Indian services, a substantial increase of 20 per cent on the previous year,” he continued. 

Etihad Airways recently announced a major extension of its code share accord with Jet Airways, one of India’s largest carriers, after the two airlines received regulatory sanction on 43 additional routes, bringing the total number of services in their codeshare agreement to 71.

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