Etihad Airways has added new destinations in India to its network and now offers flights to Hyderabad.

Flights to Hyderabad will now be available through Etihad Airways following the carrier’s route expansion in India.

Travellers will be able to fly from Abu Dhabi to Andhra Pradesh, the state capital, four times a week.

Etihad intends to increase this to daily flights from the start of 2010.

Hyderabad is the seventh destination in India that the airline serves. It also operates regular services to New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

Commenting on the route expansion, James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Abu Dhabi and Hyderabad are both growing, dynamic cities and the new service will enable commercial ties to develop.”

Hyderabad has a thriving tourism industry, with travellers flocking to visit sights including the Charminar – a religious monument that contains a mosque and 45 prayer spaces – and the historic Golconda Fort, which boasts a light and sound show for holidaymakers.

In addition to its cultural and architectural heritage, the city has emerged as a modern centre for the IT and biotechnology sectors.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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