MIDDLE EAST: Etihad to boost India flights

Etihad is looking to double its fl ights to Mumbai and New Delhi, and has singled out Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad as potential new destinations as India moves up the agenda in the airline’s expansion plans, Arabian- Business.com reported. The Mumbai and New Delhi routes are already two of the airline’s most successful, at 80 […]


Etihad is looking to double its fl ights to Mumbai and New Delhi, and has singled out Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad as potential new destinations as India moves up the agenda in the airline’s expansion plans, Arabian- Business.com reported.

The Mumbai and New Delhi routes are already two of the airline’s most successful, at 80 percent capacity, compared to the carrier’s overall average of 67 percent, according to Gulf News.

Extra New Delhi fl ights are set to begin in June. The airline said that no timeframe has yet been set on the possible launch of routes to Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Last month Etihad announced that it was to double its India destinations by launching routes from Abu Dhabi to Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

The UAE national airline will operate the Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi services three and four times-per-week respectively and both routes are expected to increase to daily fl ights from October 2007.