Etihad Airways has announced the addition of year-round flights between its Abu Dhabi hub and both Cairo and Lagos later this year.
A fifth daily scheduled service will be added on the Cairo route, effective October 1, 2017, boosting frequency to Egypt’s capital to 35 flights a week.
The new route will depart Abu Dhabi mid-morning, with a return flight from Cairo in the afternoon.
In addition to this, a new Saturday flight to Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos will begin on December 2, 2017, increasing frequency from four to five services each week.
The early morning service from Abu Dhabi and return mid-morning flight departing Lagos will ensure seamless connectivity.
Executive vice president commercial, Etihad Airways, Mohammad Al Bulooki spoke on the latest developments: “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.”
He continued: “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.”