Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Etihad And Jet Airways Increase Abu Dhabi-India Route

Etihad Airways and Indian equity partner Jet Airways plans to boost its network between Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India, subject to government approval. The two carriers want to add 28 flights a week—including three new destinations—that will increase the network to 18 cities.

Both carriers said the additional frequencies will strengthen their partnership in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets.

Etihad Airways currently operates 175 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and 11 Indian cities. Together, Etihad Airways and Jet Airways offer 252 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and 15 cities across India. With the newly announced flights, the cooperative services will cover 18 Indian cities with 280 flights each week.

Etihad plans to launch a fourth daily Abu Dhabi-Kozhikode flight on March 26, 2017. Daily Abu Dhabi-Ahmedabad services will become 2X-daily, starting Feb. 1.

Jet Airways plans to launch daily Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)-Abu Dhabi flights from Feb. 1, 2017. Daily Kannur-Abu Dhabi and Chandigarh-Abu Dhabi services will begin in the second half of 2017, subject to the completion of operational readiness at these airports.

Starting Jan. 15, 2017, Jet Airways will introduce a second daily service between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi. Etihad already operates three flights a day between the two capitals.

In 2015, Etihad and Jet Airways together carried 3.3 million passengers between Abu Dhabi and India—a 63% increase over the 2 million passengers flown in 2014. The combined operation enjoys the biggest share of passenger traffic to and from India, one of the world’s biggest economies.

Etihad Aviation Group president and CEO James Hogan said in a statement: “Our partnership with Jet Airways has gone from strength to strength. Sharing resources and reaching decisions together are key to our success. Jet Airways is Etihad Airways’ leading equity partner in terms of revenue and passenger contribution.”

Etihad contributed 717,966 passengers to Jet Airways’ flights for the 12 months to August 2016, a 57% increase on the same period last year. Conversely, Jet Airways contributed 396,288 guests to Etihad's flights over the same period, a 33% increase on the corresponding period last year.