By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi carrier says daily service to Russian capital will increase to triple daily by October 1
Etihad Airways has announced plans to triple the number of flights it operates from Abu Dhabi to the Russian capital of Moscow.
The daily services is set to increase to double daily on June 1, and then to triple daily from October 1, the airline said in a statement
The UAE flag carrier commenced operations to the Russian capital's Domodedovo airport in December 2008, and since then has carried more than 400,000 travellers.
In 2013, passenger volumes rose 36 percent compared to 2012 levels, achieving double-digit growth for the fourth consecutive year, the carrier said.
James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said: "The UAE is home to almost 25,000 Russians and 400 Russia-UAE joint venture companies, and as a result, the business and cultural ties between the two countries have never been stronger.
"With flights three times per day, Etihad Airways provides more convenient services to Abu Dhabi, the UAE and across our global network.
"Etihad Airways will offer 31 percent of the weekly frequencies between the UAE and Moscow, providing more direct flights than any other carrier."
The flight schedule will also boost onward codeshare connectivity with S7 Airlines beyond the Russian capital to the cities of Kazan, Krasnodar, Saint Petersburg and Samara.
Etihad Airways plans to operate a two-cabin Airbus A320 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Moscow for the triple daily service, meaning 5,712 seats a week.