Etihad launches flights to Bangalore
Abu Dhabi, January 3, 2011
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched flights to its eighth destination in India – Bengaluru (Bangalore).
Etihad operates four return flights a week to Bengaluru, which is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka and the country's third most populous city.
The airline will increase to a daily service on the route from March 25, 2011, at the commencement of its summer scheduling season.
Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways’ country manager in India, said: "India is a hugely important market for Etihad - in fact, we operate to more destinations in India than any other country.
“We are delighted to be able to reach out to our guests in Karnataka through this new direct service - the first to operate between Bengaluru and the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi."
Etihad operates a two-class Airbus A320 on the new route configured to carry 140 passengers with 20 in Business class and 120 in Economy class.
With the addition of Bengaluru, Etihad flies to eight Indian destinations including the cities of New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad and Kochi with a total of 49 flights to India per week. – TradeArabia News Service