By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi airline's move is part of major expansion of services to south Asian country
Etihad Airways announced on Monday plans to further expand its services to India with the launch of daily flights to Jaipur from next April.
The new flights, which will commence on April 1, bring the total number of Indian cities served by Etihad Airways to 10, with existing routes including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum.
Boasting a population of 3.1 million, Jaipur is the capital of the Rajasthan province in Northern India and ranks as the country's eighth largest economy.
The 'Pink City', as Jaipur is often described, is also home to some of India's most important heritage sites and has emerged as a flourishing tourist destination.
Etihad Airways will operate the daily service to Jaipur with Airbus A320 aircraft, the carrier said in a statement.
James Hogan, Etihad's president and CEO, said: "India is one of the world's fastest-growing destinations, and a key market in the growth strategy of Etihad Airways. We are excited to introduce Jaipur into our network, a move that will create significant benefits for our passengers, as well as the economies of India and the UAE."
Earlier this month, Etihad said it has doubled the number of flights and tripled the number of seats it operates to the Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, adding wide-bodied Airbus jets on both routes.
In addition to Mumbai and New Delhi, Etihad will double its scheduled flights from 7 to 14 times per week to Kochi in June 2014, to Bangalore and Chennai in July 2014 and to Hyderabad in October 2014.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.