05 Feb 2014 12:30

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to increase its services to the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Peshawar as part of its commitment to provide travellers with more convenient travel timings and choices. 

Starting from 30 March 2014, Etihad Airways will increase its flights to Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad, from 11 flights a week to a double daily schedule. Services to Peshawar, often referred to as the "City on the Frontier" due to its strategic location at the crossroads of Central Asia and South Asia, increased from two to five per week on 1 February 2014. 

With the addition of the new services, Etihad Airways will now offer 37 weekly flights from four destinations in Pakistan which, along with Islamabad and Peshawar, include Karachi and Lahore. 

The additional services on each route will be operated by A320 aircraft, fitted with 16 Pearl Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats, and will increase capacity by over 150 per cent. 

The new services to Peshawar will improve the number of connections over the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub to more than 167 connections a week (representing an increase of 78 per cent) to a number of key destinations in the GCC, North America and Europe. 

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Pakistan is a growing market for Etihad Airways, as passenger demand, connectivity choice, and frequency enhancements continue to drive business and leisure traffic onto our expanding global network.   

“Our new services to these two strategically important Pakistani cities will drive continued strong growth in traffic flows between Islamabad, Peshawar, Abu Dhabi and beyond to many key destinations across our global network and also further strengthen the commercial and cultural ties between Pakistan and the UAE.” 

Along with the additional services, Etihad Airways also unveiled new timings for its Islamabad flights. The new timings will greatly improve connections to destinations in the Arabian Gulf.

New Islamabad Schedule

Flight

Departs

Departure Time

Arrives

Arrival Time

Frequency

EY231

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

22:20

Islamabad (ISB)

2:40*

Daily

EY232

Islamabad (ISB)

04:10

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

06:40

Daily

EY233

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

15:50

Islamabad (ISB)

20:10

Daily

EY234

Islamabad (ISB)

21:15

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

23:45

Daily

 

New Peshawar Schedule

Flight

Departs

Departure Time

Arrives

Arrival Time

Frequency

EY261

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

23:10

Peshawar (PEW)

3:10*

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 

EY261

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

22:00

Peshawar (PEW)

2:00*

Sunday

EY262

  Peshawar     (PEW)

4:10

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

6:40

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

EY262

  Peshawar      (PEW)

3:00

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

5:30

Monday

*indicates next day arrival
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