Etihad Airways sees busiest ever four-day period over Eid

Abu Dhabi carrier says it flew a total of 181,333 passengers, up 36% on same holiday period last year
Etihad Airways sees busiest ever four-day period over Eid
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 09 Aug 2014 10:45 AM

Etihad Airways has announced that it experienced the busiest four days in the history of the airline with 181,333 passengers flying during the post Eid Al Fitr period.

On Saturday August 2, 46,572 passengers boarded Etihad Airways flights; with 45,981 flying on Sunday; 44,443 passengers on Friday August 1; and 44,331 passengers on Thursday July 31.

The 181,333 figure for the four days is an increase of 36 percent over the same period at the end of Eid Al Fitr in 2013, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said in a statement.

The load factor for this period also rose from 79.3 percent in 2013 to 88.1 percent in 2014.

Each Etihad Airways cabin experienced a significant increase with First Class load factors rising by 6.1 percent, Business Class by 12.1 percent, and Economy Class by 8.6 percent, the airline added.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' chief commercial officer, said: "We're delighted to have flown this record number of passengers over the post-Eid al Fitr period, with record load factors covering destinations from all corners of our global flight network.

"Successfully carrying more than 180,000 passengers during these four days is a fantastic achievement for the airline and we thank our guests for choosing to fly with Etihad Airways and helping set these records."

The busiest routes for passengers carried between July 31 and August 3 were Bangkok, London, Manila, Manchester and Kuwait.

The fullest routes by load factor were Melbourne (98.6 percent), Rome (97.1 percent), Sydney (96.4 percent), Toronto (95.8 percent) and Manila (95.7 percent).

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