Etihad starts daily Delhi-Abu Dhabi service


New Delhi : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has increased the frequency of its Delhi-Abu Dhabi flights to seven days a week with immediate effect.

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"Passengers travelling from Delhi will be able to connect with onward flights to many destinations worldwide including London, New York, Toronto and Manchester," the airline said in a statement Friday.

The Delhi-Abu Dhabi service was earlier thrice a week.

The return launch fares for Etihad's daily flights from Delhi to Abu Dhabi start from Rs.13,500 ($330) for economy, Rs.25,000 for business ($610) and Rs.35,000 ($850) for first class.

The airline had launched a new, thrice-a-week service to Thiruvananthapuram from Abu Dhabi recently, and intends to follow up this with the launch of another flight between its hub in the UAE and Kochi.

"The demand for air travel to and from India continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. Etihad is delighted to boost its Delhi flights to daily," said R. Dougie Douglas, the airline's area manager for north India and Nepal.

In addition to Britain and North America, the Delhi route also connects well with Etihad's flights between Abu Dhabi and Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Frankfurt, Munich, Johannesburg, Cairo and Beirut, he added.

"Our Delhi flights have been scheduled to offer convenient evening departures to avoid the night time rush at the Indira Gandhi International airport," Douglas, said, adding that passengers flying onward could reach their destinations before 9 a.m.