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Etihad to add another European route this year, CEO Hogan says

Route will be the 10th for Abu Dhabi flagship carrier in western Europe

Etihad to add another European route this year, CEO Hogan says
EXPANSION CONCERNS: Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan says the regions governments should be wary of opposition to the expansion of Gulf carriers (Getty Images)

Etihad Airways, the Middle East’s fourth largest airline, plans to add another route from its base in Abu Dhabi to Europe later this year, chief executive officer James Hogan said, without identifying the destination.

The city will be the 10th in western Europe served by Etihad, which operates to Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich and Paris. It also flies to Athens and two East European cities, according to its website.

Hogan, speaking at the European Aviation Club in Brussels, said the region’s governments should be wary of opposition to the expansion of Gulf carriers from local airlines.

“Massive benefits come from opening markets,” he said. “We must not allow economic adversity to nudge us back towards protectionism. Those that cling to the old order of things will be left behind.”

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