United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi based national carrier, Etihad Airways, will offer new flights to India connecting Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat from November. This will be airline’s ninth destination in India.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has made an announcement to introduce new flights to India, connecting country’s western city of Ahmedabad. Sources quoted the airline’s press release stating that it will begin operating the services from November 2012.

Abu Dhabi-Ahmedabad flights will be Etihad Airways’ ninth destination in India.

“We continue to build strength and depth to our global network and the addition of Ahmedabad will make significant contributions to traffic flows to Abu Dhabi and beyond,” Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive James Hogan said in the press release.

The news is surely music to the ears of the business frequent flyers as well as leisure vacationers who plan holiday breaks to popular cities of Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad. Cheap flights to India connecting Ahmedabad remain much in demand and the launch of Etihad’s new flight will considerably augment the seats available between two destinations.

Etihad Airways will ply the A320 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi-Ahmedabad route. The aircraft will have two cabins with 16 Pearl Business Class seats and 120 Coral Economy Class seats. The airline’s new flight to Ahmedabad will offer approximately 1,000 seats a week, perhaps making it easier for budget conscious travellers to find cheap flight tickets for their travel.

The state of Gujarat has emerged as a popular holiday destination over the last few years. As per government figures, Foreign Tourists Arrival (FTA) in the country’s western state has risen by 26% to 1.75 lakh in 2011-12. The state government is really going to town to promote tourism in the region, roping Bollywood’s top actor Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador.

Etihad Airways will also start flying to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in the same month.


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