By Sara Anabtawi
Abu Dhabi-based carrier recorded 158,500 passengers between June 26 and June 30
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has set a new record for carrying passengers, with 158,500 travelling on the carrier between June 26 and June 30, an average of 31,700 per day.
“Etihad Airways continues to set records for passenger bookings and passenger numbers, and we expect this to continue throughout the northern hemisphere peak summer season in 2012,” said James Hogan, CEO.
To prepare for the summer peak travel period, the airline has hired 60 additional airport staff to take up roles in customer service.
Etihad Airways will operate 1,262 flights per week this summer, a 14 percent increase on last year’s 1,106. The airline has 280,498 seats on its flights available per week this summer, a 19 percent increase on 2011's 235,818 seats.
The airline has also seen a 14 percent increase in the number of global destinations on its flight network this summer, with flights operating to 73 passenger destinations, compared to 64 last year.
Starting summer 2011, the airline has launched services to several destinations, including Shanghai, Nairobi, Basra, Male, Seychelles, Chengdu, Dusseldorf, Lagos and Tripoli.