United Arab Emirates-based Etihad Airways has launched a new service to Hyderabad in India from its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Etihad Airways is the first airline to operate service between Abu Dhabi and the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. Initially operating four flights a week on the route, Etihad Airways will increase its service frequency to a daily flight from the beginning of 2010.
With the addition of Hyderabad, Etihad now serves seven cities in India, including the cities of New Delhi , Chennai and Mumbai. Etihad now operates 42 flights each week between its hub at Abu Dhabi and India and in total serves 57 cities in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
The Etihad flights to Hyderabad’s new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport connect conveniently at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Etihad services to and from New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare and Toronto.
“We are delighted to welcome Etihad. This will provide a wider choice for travelers wishing to fly to the UAE from our airport,” says P. Sripathy, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, the operator of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. “We are sure that the new service will be well received and will continue to offer our support in helping Etihad further increase frequencies.”
Etihad will operate a two-class Airbus A320 on the new AUH-HYD route configured to carry 140 passengers, 20 in Business and 120 in Economy.
Hyderabad is well-known for its rich history, culture and architecture. In recent times it has emerged as a modern centre for information technology and bio-technology industries as well as an increasingly popular conference and exhibitions location. It is also a center for film-making and is home to the world’s largest film studio.