Eti­had Air­ways in­creases flight Fre­quency to Egypt and Nige­ria

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Eti­had Air­ways is adding year-round flights be­tween its Abu Dhabi hub and both Cairo and La­gos later this year to cater to grow­ing de­mand to and from the United Arab Emi­rates. A fifth daily sched­uled ser­vice will be in­tro­duced on the Cairo route, ef­fec­tive 1 Oc­to­ber 2017, tak­ing fre­quency to the Egyp­tian cap­i­tal up from 28 to 35 flights a week. The new mid-morn­ing de­par­ture from Abu Dhabi and re­turn af­ter­noon ser­vice out of Cairo will of­fer lo­cal guests in each mar­ket ad­di­tional choice trav­el­ling be­tween the two cap­i­tal cities.

Dur­ing the up­com­ing peak travel months, Eti­had Air­ways will cater to de­mand with ad­di­tional fre­quency on the Cairo route be­fore mak­ing the fifth daily ser­vice per­ma­nent in Oc­to­ber. The new ser­vice will also pro­vide con­ve­nient con­nec­tions in Abu Dhabi to and from key cities in North and South Asia, in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Hong Kong, Shang­hai, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

A new Satur­day flight to Nige­ria’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of La­gos, be­gin­ning 2 De­cem­ber 2017, adds to the week­end travel op­tion, in­creas­ing fre­quency from four to five ser­vices each week, and of­fer­ing greater flex­i­bil­ity and con­ve­nience to lo­cal trav­ellers. The early morn­ing ser­vice from Abu Dhabi and re­turn mid-morn­ing flight de­part­ing La­gos will also en­sure con­ve­nient con­nec­tions to and from Asia and the In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent. Pop­u­lar feeder cities in­clude Ben­galuru, Chen­nai, Delhi, Mum­bai and Kuala Lumpur.

On the back of Nige­ria and Egypt’s resurg­ing economies, the air­line sees the fre­quency in­creases to both mar­kets as timely to pro­vide guests with greater choice. Bi­lat­eral trade be­tween the UAE and Egypt to­talled US$400 mil­lion last year. GDP growth in Egypt is ex­pected to be 3.5 per cent this year, ris­ing to 4.5 per cent in 2018. And tourist ar­rivals into Egypt are fore­cast to in­crease from last year’s level of 5 mil­lion to 5.4m this year, and fur­ther to al­most 6m in 2018.

Nige­ria’s GDP growth rate is ex­pected to more than dou­ble from 0.83 per­cent this year to 1.9 per cent in 2018 largely due to the expanding man­u­fac­tur­ing, fi­nan­cial and IT sec­tors that are help­ing fuel de­mand for more in­ter­na­tional air ca­pac­ity. Mohammad Al-Bu­looki, Eti­had Air­ways Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial, said: “Cairo is the largest point to point mar­ket from Abu Dhabi en­joy­ing an in­crease in tourist traf­fic to Egypt. Our ad­di­tional flights demon­strate the im­por­tance of the strong his­toric ties be­tween the UAE and Egypt, and our con­tin­ued sup­port of the growth of bi­lat­eral trade and Egypt’s tourism in­dus­try.

“La­gos is one of our largest direct mar­kets in Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa that is show­ing signs of strength as Nige­ria re­cov­ers from re­ces­sion. Against this back­drop, our ad­di­tional flights will help fa­cil­i­tate the growth. With the con­ve­nience of Abu Dhabi’s ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion, we are pro­vid­ing timely flight con­nec­tions be­tween our cap­i­tal city in the UAE and both Cairo and La­gos for the ben­e­fit of our trav­ellers and the move­ment of freight.”

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