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Wed 17 Dec 2008 02:02 PM

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Singapore airline to expand Middle East flights

Kuwait and Abu Dhabi targeted next year as Mideast outperforms global air traffic growth.

Singapore Airlines is increasing services to Abu Dhabi International Airport and the wider Middle Eastern region next March, the airline announced on Wednesday.

The Asian carrier, which flies three times a week to the UAE capital, will start operating four weekly transfers from the hub to Kuwait on March 15. It will also introduce daily flights to Abu Dhabi on the same day.     

Abu Dhabi airport operator ADAC believes Singapore Airlines’ announcement proves the Middle East is outperforming global aviation trends. During the past two years, passenger numbers at Abu Dhabi airport have increased 30 percent on average.  “Clearly, the increased frequencies demonstrate the confidence airlines have in Abu Dhabi’s growing status as a natural connecting point between East and West, as well as being a key regional hub for international airlines”, said Mohammed Al Bulooki, ADAC’s vice president of airline marketing and aeronautical revenue.

The news coincided with Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong’s state visit to GCC countries.

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