Etihad set to fly daily to Istanbul from January 1
Abu Dhabi airline says strong performance on route prompted expansion
Etihad Airways has announced it will fly daily between Abu Dhabi and Istanbul from January 1, 2013.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline launched services to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, with four non-stop flights a week in June 2009, increasing to five services per week later that same year.
To date, Etihad Airways has flown more than 200,000 guests on the route, it said in a statement.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways president & CEO, said the move to daily services was motivated by strong performance and the potential for further growth.
"Since launching, we have observed a high point-to-point traffic flow between Istanbul and Abu Dhabi, accounting for the largest share of travellers on the route. This is indicative of the thriving trade and commercial relationship between these two countries, as well as world-class tourism programmes," he said.
He added: "We continue to look at ways to enhance our codeshare partnership with Turkish Airlines in order to develop our presence in Turkey.
"By putting our EY-code on their four times weekly flights to Abu Dhabi, in addition to their TK-coding on our flights on the route, we bring strong feeds onto our network and theirs, generating significant revenue for the Istanbul-Abu Dhabi route."