Etihad to start daily Perth flights

Etihad Airways has said it will commence daily flights to Perth, Western Australia on 15 July 2014 with A330-200 aircraft and aims to tap outbound freight opportunities.


Etihad to start daily Perth flights


Etihad Airways has said it will commence daily flights to Perth, Western Australia on 15 July 2014 with A330-200 aircraft and aims to tap outbound freight opportunities. The non-stop service between the airline’s hub and its fourth Australian gateway bring to 351 the number of weekly flights which Etihad Airways operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive James Hogan said the new flights would be the first non-stop services between Western Australia and Abu Dhabi. “The new services will build the first ever commercial air bridge between Perth and Abu Dhabi and will cater to the growing demand for travel between these two points and beyond to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Hogan highlighted the importance of the airline’s partnership with Virgin Australia to the success of the route and also identified a significant new opportunity for revenue growth from the business travel segment and from freight.

“Eighty of the top 300 Australian companies have their headquarters in Perth and many of these have commercial interests in Africa and the Middle East. Equally, many UAE businesses have a strong presence in Australia, particularly in the agribusiness, resources and tourism sectors. We anticipate that this will translate to strong demand for our new services.