Etihad Airways will increase its number of weekly flights to Toronto, Canada from three to five as of October 28, the airline announced on Monday.
The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring 40 business and 340 economy class seats.
The announcement follows talks between the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority and the Canadian Transport Minister that culminated in an agreement to increase air traffic rights between the two countries.
“We are thrilled to announce more flights to cosmopolitan Toronto, one of the most successful and popular destinations on our global route network,” said Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer. “This new has been eagerly anticipated.”
According to Kamark, nearly one million guests have flown with Etihad to Toronto since the route was opened in October 2005.
“This development is great news for UAE nationals, for who Canada is an exciting trade, touristic, and cultural partner, and for Canadians, including the thousands residing here in the emirates,” he added. “The UAE is also Canada’s largest export market in the MENA region, so the extra services are a boost for trade to and from the area and beyond.”
Approximately 45,000 Canadian citizens live in the UAE, with over 150 Canadian companies calling the country home.
Additionally, Etihad Airways has a codeshare partnership in place with Air Canada, with the Canadian airline placing its ‘AC’ code on Etihad services from Toronto to Abu Dhabi and from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi.
The additional frequencies are also expected to increase cargo capacity on the route by 60 percent.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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