Etihad Airways expands its capacity to Kerala with the introduction of new

first_imgEtihad Airways is celebrating the 10 years of flying to Kerala with the introduction of additional flights to the south Indian state. A fourth daily non-stop service has been launched by the airline between Kozhikode and its Abu Dhabi hub offering onward connections to cities around the world.The extra capacity takes the total number of weekly services between Abu Dhabi and its three Kerala gateways of Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram to 63, which represents over 30% of Etihad Airways’ frequencies from across 11 Indian cities it serves.The current capacity includes four flights a day to Kozhikode; thrice-daily to Kochi and double daily to Thiruvananthapuram. The Kerala flights are operated with a mix of Airbus 320 and A321 aircraft featuring up to 16 seats in Business Class and 158 in Economy. Additionally, Etihad’s strategic Indian partner, Jet Airways operates seven flights a week from Kochi to Abu Dhabi.Addressing media at a briefing in Thiruvananthapuram, Neerja Bhatia, VP- Indian Subcontinent, Etihad Airways, said, “Reaching a 10-year milestone is a fitting tribute to the support Etihad Airways has received from the state government of Kerala in making our operations a success.”Dr Venu Vasudevan, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism, said, “Kerala Tourism is delighted to learn of the extra flights launched by Etihad Airways, which adds more connectivity to Kerala. We congratulate Etihad Airways on a decade of flying to Kerala and look forward to conducting several joint initiatives to promote the many diverse destinations across our state.”last_img read more