Etihad to increase flights to Dublin
Abu Dhabi, December 19, 2009
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will increase its flights from Abu Dhabi to Dublin, moving it from its current daily service to 10 flights per week from March 28, 2010.
Etihad launched its Irish service in July 2007 with an initial four flights a week, increasing to six and then moving to a daily service in March 2008.
“Dublin has been one of our most successful ever destination launches, with more than 300,000 people flying on these services since launch and an average seat factor of 80 per cent,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive officer.
“We have steadily increased frequencies on the route in line with demand not only on the Dublin-Abu Dhabi route, but also via Abu Dhabi to and from our destinations in the Far East, such as Bangkok and Sydney,” he added.
Supporting this increase in services, Etihad is planning a new lounge at Dublin airport, which is set to open in 2010.
The new lounge will offer Etihad’s premium customers a range of top quality facilities and services, including workstations, a prayer room, a relaxing seating area with Italian leather chairs, a selection of foods from around the world and luxurious bathroom and shower facilities.
Dublin Airport Authority chief executive, Declan Collier said: “Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is delighted that Etihad has decided to expand its services into Dublin from next March and we look forward to welcoming them to our new T2 facility.”
“Etihad’s decision to expand its flight schedule is also an endorsement of the facilities and good value available to airline customers at Dublin Airport.”
Etihad Airways provides a complimentary limousine service for its business class passengers flying into and out of Dublin airport. – TradeArabia News Service