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Etihad plans to expand services to Pakistan cities

Abu Dhabi airline adds extra flights to Peshawar, plans expansion of services to Islamabad

Etihad plans to expand services to Pakistan cities
Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has announced plans to increase its services to the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Peshawar.

Starting from March 30, the Abu Dhabi airline will increase its flights to Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, from 11 flights a week to a double daily schedule.

Services to Peshawar, often referred to as the City on the Frontier due to its strategic location at the crossroads of Central Asia and South Asia, increased from two to five per week earlier this week, a statement said.

With the addition of the new services, Etihad now offers 37 weekly flights from four destinations in Pakistan which, along with Islamabad and Peshawar, include Karachi and Lahore.

The additional services on each route will be operated by A320 aircraft and will increase capacity by more than 150 percent.

Kevin Knight, Etihad's chief strategy and planning officer, said: "Pakistan is a growing market for Etihad Airways, as passenger demand, connectivity choice, and frequency enhancements continue to drive business and leisure traffic onto our expanding global network.

"Our new services to these two strategically important Pakistani cities will drive continued strong growth in traffic flows between Islamabad, Peshawar, Abu Dhabi and beyond to many key destinations across our global network and also further strengthen the commercial and cultural ties between Pakistan and the UAE."

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