Etihad launches Lagos flights
Dubai, February 6, 2012
Etihad Airways has announced the launch of flights to Lagos, the airline’s first destination in West Africa, from July 1, subject to regulatory approvals.
The direct flights will link Abu Dhabi and Lagos six times a week and will be operated by a two class A330-200 aircraft with 22 pearl business class and 240 coral economy seats, a statement from the airline company said.
Lagos is the 83rd destination in Etihad Airways’ global network and the return flights will create a new link between Nigeria and the UAE, the statement said.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The launch of services to Lagos is consistent with our strategy of targeting areas of strong growth in emerging markets. The UAE is a major trade partner of Nigeria, which has a population of more than 150 million people, the largest in Africa and the seventh biggest in the world. The country is rich in natural resources, such as oil and natural gas.”
“Our new point-to-point services will strengthen the oil and gas links between the countries and facilitate further growth in these industries,” Hogan said.
”The country is also enjoying strong economic growth driven by significant foreign investment, particularly from China, which means there is increasing demand for travel between Lagos and other emerging economies,” he added.
The Lagos schedule will provide seamless connections over Abu Dhabi to key North and Southeast Asian destinations and markets in the Indian Subcontinent and Australia, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service