Etihad completes flight switch programme
Abu Dhabi, March 25, 2009
Etihad Airways’ phased move into Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been successfully completed, with the transfer this week of the final four long haul services from Terminal 1 into the new passenger building.
The final flight moves saw the airline’s Beijing, New Delhi, Mumbai and Johannesburg services move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, on Monday, said a statement from Etihad.
The last batch of flights switch follows the successful transfer during recent weeks of Etihad Airways’ flights to Almaty, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brisbane, Brussels, Dammam, Doha, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Jakarta, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London Heathrow, Manchester, Manila, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, Paris, Riyadh, Singapore, Sydney and Toronto.
A total of 31 destinations now operate from the new Terminal 3.
The new terminal building, adjacent to Terminal 1, has significantly enhanced the experience for Etihad Airways customers using Abu Dhabi airport and allows the airline to expand and meet its future growth projections.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Our customers using our Abu Dhabi home base will benefit hugely from the significantly enhanced facilities at Terminal 3. It also means that the much-improved airport is now better equipped to meet the future expansion plans of the national airline of the UAE.”
“The transfer of flights is supported by Etihad’s new passenger facilities, which include new premium lounges as well as improved check-in areas, including a designated check-in zone for our premium customers.”
Following the terminal’s opening earlier this year, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) have worked closely together to ensure the smooth transition of the majority of Etihad flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3.
The remaining flights operated by Etihad will remain based in Terminal 1: Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Chennai, Damascus, Dhaka, Islamabad, JFK New York, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Lahore, Peshawar, Tehran and Thiruvananthapuram.-TradeArabia News Service