Etihad Airways secured (11-Feb-2010) seven additional weekly frequencies from its Abu Dhabi base to any entry point in Australia, including the carrier's current destinations of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, effective Mar-2011. The additional frequencies were awarded following bilateral negotiations between the UAE and Australia this week. A further seven weekly frequencies have been granted to Etihad on the condition that the service operates via or to a regional airport. Etihad currently operates 21 times weekly between Abu Dhabi and Australia, including 11 times weekly to Sydney, daily to Melbourne and three times weekly to Brisbane. [more]
Etihad Airways: "The announcement that Etihad Airways has been granted up to 14 additional flights each week is an indication of the airline’s deepening bond with Australia. We are committed to this important market and look forward to carrying greater numbers of business and leisure travellers from destinations across Etihad’s expanding network to Australia. Etihad’s presence in Australia continues to grow considerably," James Hogan, CEO. Source: Etihad Airways, 11-Feb-2010.