Etihad Airways Opens Guest Contact Centre in Manchester

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Etihad Airways has opened its Manchester guest contact centre.

Based at the Voyager Building at Manchester Airport, the guest contact centre is the airlines first in Europe and fourth in the world. It will operate in conjunction with existing guest contact centres in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and India.

The guest contact centre will provide full time employment for 160 local people, all of whom will receive extensive training in all aspects of the companys global reservations system.

Manchester was chosen as the location for Etihad Airways first European guest contact centre after extensive research showed the citys population offered the optimal mix of languages and skill sets. Manchesters telecommunications infrastructure also put it ahead of rival cities.

The opening of the Etihad Airways Manchester guest contact centre further demonstrates Etihad Airways commitment to the north of England, said Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan. We are delighted to be able to provide further employment opportunities for the people of Manchester while at the same time ensuring we are ideally positioned to meet the needs of passengers throughout Europe for the foreseeable future. We very much look forward to strengthening our already close ties to the city of Manchester over the coming years.

Etihad Airways began operating daily flights from its base in Abu Dhabi to Manchester in March, 2006. In November 2010, the airline opened a state of the art premium lounge at Manchester Airport.

In July 2011, Etihad Airways announced a comprehensive 10 year sponsorship deal with Manchester City Football Club.

In August 2011, Etihad Airways doubled flight frequencies to Manchester to 14 a week and opened a line maintenance facility at the airport.

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