Etihad Airways reveals changes to MENA flights during summer season

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With the peak season here, Etihad Airways has announced that it is boosting capacity between its Abu Dhabi hub and Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca and Rabat.

Meanwhile, additional services to Dammam will be introduced on a year-round basis.

This increase in the frequency of flights and the deployment of larger aircraft will grant travellers more choice and greater convenience from June-September.

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To begin with, Etihad Airways’ Amman route, which has already benefited from an upgrade to a larger Boeing 787 on each of the current daily services, will be introducing an additional daily early morning flight from now until September 30.

The Beirut route will adopt an additional four flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays between August 1 and September 10, pushing the current seven flights per week to 11. Adding to this, seven of the flights to Lebanon’s capital will be operated by a state-of-the-art Boeing 787 featuring 299 seats.

Moving on, the airline will adopt an additional seven midday flights a week to Cairo, Egpyt, taking the frequency up to five daily services between August 1 and September 10.

Daily Casablanca services will be upgraded from an Airbus A330-300 to A340-600 aircraft between August 1 and September 10, while the frequency of flights to Morocco’s capital, Rabat, will increase from two to three flights a week, with a new Sunday service operating between August 6 and September 3.

Finally, the airline’s Dammam route will be served with an additional three morning flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, effective immediately. This will be increased to a daily service on July 9, boosting frequency on the route to four daily services to the Saudi city year-round.

CEO, Etihad Airways, Peter Baumgartner enthused: “As we build up to the peak travel season and well into the holiday period, we are delighted to provide our local guests more choice with additional flights between Abu Dhabi and some of our key markets across the Middle East and North Africa.

“By further aligning our capacity with demand during the busy upcoming months, the extra services will help facilitate our guests’ travel to and from these cities and our popular connecting destinations in the GCC, Asia, Australia and the Indian Subcontinent,” he concluded.