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Record Numbers for Eithad Airways

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Etihad Airways has enjoyed its busiest summer period in its four year history with more than 1.6 million passengers flying onboard the Abu Dhabi-based airlines flights during the months of June, July and August.

Capping a hugely successful summer, a record 20,721 passengers flew with Etihad on Friday 1 August making it the airlines busiest day.

The summer months also saw Etihad flights operate at an average of 83% capacity, an increase of 46% on the same period from the year before.

Etihad has now flown more than four million passengers across its network of 48 destinations so far in 2008, indicating that the airline is well on track to achieve its target of carrying six million passengers by the end of the year.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways chief executive, said, The summer has been a great success with more than 1.6 million passengers flying with Etihad Airways.

Whilst June, July and August are traditionally the busiest months of the year for most airlines, the record number of passengers who flew with us underlines the considerable impact Etihad is having on the aviation industry.

Etihads flights to Asia services turned in a particularly strong performance during the summer with seat factors averaging 81%. Passenger loads in the business cabin averaged 83% for the Kuala Lumpur service and 79% for the Bangkok route.

Within Europe, London Heathrow exceeded loads of 91% and Munich 88%. Flights to Brussels, Dublin, Manchester and Paris all achieved average seat factors of more than 80% in the economy cabin.

Routes in the Middle East performed well also during the summer including Cairo and Damascus, achieving overall average seat factors of 80%.

Etihad introduced three new destinations in August to the Indian cities of Kozhikode and Chennai as well as the Belarus capital city, Minsk. Etihad will launch in December non-stop flights from its Abu Dhabi base to Almaty in Kazakhstan and the Russian capital, Moscow.

The airline will also boost its flying programme to Australia in October, with an increase to its existing daily service to Sydney to 11 flights per week. The same month will also see Etihad add a third daily flight to London Heathrow.

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