Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has recorded an increase in the number of passengers it transported in summer 2008.

Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has recorded an increase in the number of passengers it transported in summer 2008.

The airline reported its busiest season yet, commenting that it had carried 1.6 million people on flights during June, July and August, an increase of 46 per cent on the same period in 2007.

This means it is on target to hit six million passengers by the year-end, having flown four million so far.

James Hogan, the carrier’s chief executive, said its planes flew 83 per cent full during the summer months.

“The record number of passengers who flew with us underlines the considerable impact Etihad is having on the aviation industry,” he commented.

Etihad – Arabic for united – was established in 2003 and offers services to 48 destinations, including 17 a week from London Heathrow.

This includes flights to South Africa, India and Thailand.

The carrier is recognised as one of the world’s fastest-growing passenger airlines.

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