30 Oct 2014 08:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that Mumbai and New Delhi will become its first destinations in India to be served with triple-daily flights, strengthening its unparalleled offering with Jet Airways into and out of the country.
Both cities will be upgraded from their current double-daily frequencies,
with the third daily flight to Mumbai starting on 15 February 2015 and to New
Delhi on 1 May 2015. The development will provide business and leisure
travellers with more options throughout the day between the UAE and India, and
enhance India’s connections with markets across Etihad Airways’ global network.
Along with Jet Airways’ services, both airlines will connect Abu Dhabi to
14 Indian cities, with over 200 return flights each
week. This includes five flights a day
to Mumbai, four flights a day to New Delhi, three flights a day to Bangalore,
Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi, two flights a day to Ahmedabad and Kozhikode, and
daily flights to Jaipur and Trivandrum.
Etihad Airways will also launch a daily service to Kolkata, capital of
West Bengal, on 15 February 2015 to support its long-term development plan in
India, and Jet Airways has announced it will soon launch daily services between
Abu Dhabi and Goa, Lucknow and Pune.
In addition to the airline’s network developments, Etihad Airways has
upgraded its aircraft on a number of Indian routes, including the debut of
three-class, wide-body aircraft on select flights. The airline will also
operate its new Boeing 787-9 on Mumbai evening services in January 2015.
Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “India is
expected to become the world’s third largest air passenger market within the
next 20 years, and we are focused on providing travellers with the best
possible offering into and out of the country, in terms of world-class service,
extensive network coverage and multiple flight options each day.
in the first half of 2014, more than 620,000 passengers flew on our India
services, a substantial increase of 51 per cent year-on-year. The launch of
triple-daily services to Mumbai and New Delhi, our most popular routes in
India, will allow us to meet growing market demand.
“Our relationship with Jet Airways will also continue to play an important
role. Both airlines’ depth and breadth in India is stronger than any of our
regional competitors and there are significant opportunities to increase our
frequencies on existing routes, and introduce more Indian destinations into our
network, which will set us even further apart from other airlines.”
Flights on Etihad
Airways’ triple-daily Mumbai and New Delhi services can be booked now on www.etihad.com, through the airline’s contact centres, or via travel agents.
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local