Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, will double its flight frequency between Manchester and Abu Dhabi from August 1, 2011 from seven to 14 flights each week.
The news is a further capacity boost following Etihad’s announcement earlier this year that the August 1 increase would be from daily to 10 flights a week.
Etihad continues to build its commitment to Manchester and the Northwest region of England following the opening of its First and Business Class lounge at Manchester Airport in November 2010.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Etihad’s Manchester service has been a key part of our network for five years and we are very excited to announce that we will soon offer 14 flights each week to Abu Dhabi.
“The frequency increase illustrates how Etihad has firmly established itself in the Northwest of England and that we are now the airline of choice for business and leisure travellers, whether flying to Abu Dhabi or transferring through to destinations in the east, such as Australia, Thailand and Japan.”
Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “Following the increase in flights and the opening of the premium lounge in Terminal 1 at the end of last year, Etihad has again shown their commitment to the North of England by increasing the frequency of the service.
“We know it’s something that our passengers require and the announcement demonstrates the important links we have to the Middle East and the onward connections available from Abu Dhabi. It also underlines the continuing strength of Manchester to the major global carriers and our network of long-haul flights.”
Source: Etihad Airways