Rotana Jet adds flights to UAE island resort

Airline says rising demand prompts move to increase capacity to Sir Bani Yas Island
A two-hour game drive is one of the highlights of a trip to Sir Bani Yas Island.
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 08 Jul 2013 12:22 PM

Rotana Jet, the UAE airline, has announced plans to increase capacity on its services to Sir Bani Yas Island from August 2013 on the back of rising demand.

Rotana said in a statement that it will add two more flights per week between Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island on Sundays and Wednesdays, taking the total number of weekly flights serving the resort to five.

"This increase in capacity in one year's time of our operation to Sir Bani Yas Island, where we flew over 10,000 people, demonstrates Rotana Jet's continuing commitment to the destination." said Rajendran Vellapalath, Rotana Jet's commercial and planning director.

"These additional flights will enable more people to visit the island, whether to spend a day exploring the Arabian Wildlife Park, experience many of the leisure activities in the island or for overnight stays," he added.

The two new flights will be operated with Embraer Jet aircraft in a single class configuration, adding 250 seats each way per week on the route.

Sultan Al Mahmoud, TDIC's executive director of strategic performance, said: "Rotana Jet's additional flights to Sir Bani Yas come at exiting times for TDIC, with the opening of new developments on the island, among them, the new Anantara Sir Bani Yas Al Yamm Villa Resort that was launched last week.

"This increase in flight capacity will not only provide greater accessibility for a wider audience seeking an alternative-stay experience, but is also a testament for the island's increasing popularity."

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