By Courtney Trenwith
Abu Dhabi carrier says it will start direct services to Sana'a; will fly four times a week
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways on Sunday announced it will launch direct flights to Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, in September.
Sana’a will be the airline’s eighth destination on the Arabian Peninsula, connecting the UAE capital to Manama in Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait City, Muscat in Oman and Doha in Qatar.
Flights to Sana’a will operate four times a week and begin on September 1.
“The launch of direct services to Sana’a is consistent with our strategy of adding depth and scale to our network and targeting areas of growth in emerging markets,” Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said.
“The ancestral, cultural and business ties between the two countries are significant, and we believe the new service will further facilitate Yemen’s economic development in the months and years ahead.”
More than 90,000 Yemini nationals live in the UAE, which is Yemen’s largest regional trading partner with annual trade worth more than US$2 billion, according to the Yemen Ministry of Industry and Trade.
The route will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 seats in Pearl Business Class and 120 seats in Coral Economy Class.
Etihad Airways has already announced new routes this year to Washington DC (from April 1), Amsterdam (from May 15), Sao Paulo (from June 1) and Ho Chi Minh City (from October 1).