10 Jul 2014 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the launch of a three times per week service between Abu Dhabi and Algiers, marking the next stage of growth for the airline’s African network.
Commencing on 17 June 2015, the
new capital-to-capital link will make Algiers, the largest city of Algeria,
Etihad Airways’ tenth destination in Africa.
The new flights
will offer significant travel options for business and leisure travellers in
Algeria, a country with a population exceeding 37 million, providing links to the
airline’s Abu Dhabi hub and destinations across the Gulf region, Indian
Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australasia. They will also provide better
access to Algeria for over 10,000 Algerians expatriates living in the UAE.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad
Airways, said: “The direct link between the capitals of the UAE and Algeria
is another milestone in our African expansion strategy and underscores our
ongoing commitment to serve emerging markets.
“Algeria, the tenth largest country in the world and the largest in
Africa, is rich in natural resources, such as oil and natural gas. Our new
services will strengthen the oil and gas links between the UAE and Algeria, and
create new opportunities for both countries in the areas of government, trade,
tourism and cultural exchange.”
Dhabi-Algiers route will be operated by a three-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft,
configured to carry 231 passengers, with eight seats in First Class, 32
seats in Business Class and 191 seats in Economy Class, offering a total of 1,386 seats per week.
TheA330-300 aircraft will also offer just over 72 tonnes
of weekly belly hold capacity to and from Algeria, giving a further boost to
trade opportunities. The airline expects to transport oil equipment, consumable
commodities, garments, electronics, building materials and vehicles to points
across its network. Imports including dates, lubricants and a wide range of
manufactured goods will be shipped in the other direction.
Located on the west side of a bay on the Mediterranean coast, the
cosmopolitan city of Algiers is home to numerous historical and cultural
attractions, including the Great Mosque, Notre Dame D’Afrique, Martyrs Square
and multiple monuments and forts.
its Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and French colonial heritage,
Algeria offers a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. The
country has some of the world’s most beautiful coastline, as well as vast
mountainous and desert landscapes.
Etihad Airways currently has flights to Egypt,
Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Seychelles, South Africa and Sudan in its African
airline has announced six new routes for the first half of 2015, starting with
Kolkata in February, Madrid in March, Entebbe in May, and Edinburgh, Hong Kong
and Algiers in June.
The airline’s flights to and
from Algiers can be booked from today on etihad.com, through Etihad Airways Contact Centres, or via travel