Etihad Airways today announced the expansion of scheduled services between Abu Dhabi and India as strategic partner Jet Airways unveiled new routes and additional frequencies to further strengthen their partnership.
From early 2017, the two airlines will expand their services between the two countries by adding 28 weekly flights (subject to government approval), and three further Indian cities. This will enhance connections between India and the rest of the world though Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub, and complement Jet Airways’ non-stop services to other cities.
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 airlines’ co-operative services will cover 18 Indian cities with 280 flights each week.
Etihad Airways will launch a fourth daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kozhikode on 26th March, 2017, capitalising on the strong traffic flows between the state of Kerala and the UAE, and beyond. The additional capacity will allow the partnership to better serve the important southern India market.
Etihad Airways will also double its frequency between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad in the western state of Gujarat, from 1st February, 2017 with the launch of a new daily service.
Earlier today, Jet Airways announced a number of changes to its operations between India and Abu Dhabi. These include the launch of daily flights between Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), in the state of Tamil Nadu, and Abu Dhabi on 1st February 2017.
Jet Airways will also introduce daily services from Kannur, the fourth Kerala gateway to Abu Dhabi. It also plans daily services from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh to Abu Dhabi, which will benefit travellers to and from the state of Punjab. The two routes are due to begin in the second half of 2017, subject to the completion of operational readiness at these airports.
From 15th January 2017, Jet Airways will introduce a second daily service between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways is already operating three flights a day between the two capital cities.
James Hogan, Etihad Aviation Group President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Today’s announcement reflects how we have been working together to enhance our services to give the travelling public more and better choices by using each other's networks.
"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, and this expansion is indicative of the years of friendship, strong bilateral relationship, and economic, trade and cultural ties enjoyed between India and the UAE."