By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi airline to boost frequency and capacity on routes to Athens and Larnaca
Etihad Airways has revealed plans to boost frequency and capacity on its routes to Athens and Larnaca later this year.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline said in a statement it will introduce the upgrades to both European destinations from July.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: "In the case of Athens, our new flights will offer guests the choice of two different departure times to and from Abu Dhabi, and in the case of Larnaca, the additional flights will provide more choice and flexibility, as well as better connectivity over Abu Dhabi.
"It also means that by July, nearly 90 percent of Etihad Airways' global passenger network will be served by a daily flight.
From July 2, Etihad Airways will increase frequency on the Abu Dhabi-Athens route from seven to 10 flights per week with the introduction of three new flight
The new flights will also provide additional connecting opportunities with codeshare partner Aegean Airlines, which has separately announced that it will be starting a direct service between Athens and Abu Dhabi from May 28.
In addition, between June 1 and 30 September, Etihad saidits daily EY090/EY091 flights will be upgraded from the current 174-seat Airbus A321 operation to a 254-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft
Etihad added that it will increase its base frequency on the Abu Dhabi-Larnaca route from three to five flights per week. It will also operate Larnaca as a daily service during the peak summer period from July 1 to September 30.