By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi carrier will add over 800 seats per week to the two Arab capitals
Etihad Airways said on Monday it will increase its services to Beirut and Amman from 18 flights per week to triple daily schedules from July 2.
The additional flights will add over 800 seats per week between Abu Dhabi and the two Arab capitals. The flights will be operated with an A320 aircraft, the carrier said in a statement.
It added that the services to Beirut will improve connections via the Abu Dhabi hub to key destinations in Asia and Australia, including Manila, Sydney and Melbourne while the new services to the Jordanian capital will improve connectivity to destinations including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and Sydney.
James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “The Middle East network has been performing strongly. This increase in our services is indicative of the huge confidence we have in this important regional market
“We have steadily increased frequencies on both routes in line with strong demand, not only to the capital of the UAE, but also via Abu Dhabi to and from key destinations in Asia and Australia.
Etihad Airways started its operations to Beirut in November 2003, the airline’s first commercial route followed by services to the Jordanian capital Amman in December 2003 and has since carried 2.1 million travellers on both routes.