Etihad to go double daily to Kathmandu from Nov

UAE airline to increase services from Nov 1; has carried over 620,000 passengers on route so far
An aerial view the Mount Everest range some 140km northeast of Kathmandu
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 04 Sep 2013 03:35 PM

Etihad Airways said on Wednesday it will increase its Abu Dhabi-Kathmandu service from seven flights per week to a double daily schedule from November 1.

The additional flights build on the success of the existing service, driven by the demand from business and leisure travellers and will strengthen the already strong ties between Nepal and the UAE, the carrier said in a statement.

The new services will be operated by A320 aircraft, it added.

“The addition of the new flights will further strengthen commercial and cultural ties between Nepal and the UAE and will lead to continued strong growth in traffic flows between Kathmandu, Abu Dhabi and beyond to many key destinations across our global network,” said Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer.

Since the start of flights to Kathmandu in 2007, Etihad Airways has carried more than 620,000 passengers on this route.

Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, carried 10.3 million passengers last year. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 94 passenger and cargo destinations.

Etihad also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and, subject to regulatory approval, will acquire 24 percent of India’s Jet Airways.

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