Etihad boosts Chengdu service to daily

With cargo and mail volumes 19 per cent higher last year compared with 2012 and passenger numbers up 25 per cent, Etihad Airways has increased the frequency of its Abu Dhabi – Chengdu A330-200 service from five flights per week to daily from 30 March.


Etihad boosts Chengdu service to daily


With cargo and mail volumes 19 per cent higher last year compared with 2012 and passenger numbers up 25 per cent, Etihad Airways has increased the frequency of its Abu Dhabi – Chengdu A330-200 service from five flights per week to daily from 30 March.

As one of the biggest markets in China for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Chengdu has emerged as a leading economic, transportation and communication centre for the Asian country, with nearly half of the world’s Fortune 500 companies having operations in the city.

Etihad Airways launched its Chengdu service on 15 December 2011, offering the first and only direct airline connection between the UAE and China’s Sichuan province, home to a population of over 80 million. It is the third city to be served by Etihad Airways in China, with daily flights also operated to the capital, Beijing, and the country’s largest city by population, Shanghai.

James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “With consistent double-digit growth in passenger and cargo volumes, Chengdu represents a great opportunity. Operating a daily service will provide our guests with even more convenient service to Abu Dhabi as well as key markets in the GCC, Middle East, North Africa and Europe.