Amid political and religious strife in Egypt, Etihad Airways announced that it will launch four additional weekly flights to Cairo International Airport from its Abu Dhabi hub in June. The new Airbus A320 service, which will operate every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, will complement the carrier’s previous 16 weekly flights to the Egyptian capital.
“Despite the Arab Spring’s impact, this route has continued to perform strongly. And over the past eight years, our services to Cairo have exceeded our expectations,” Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to build on this success with these additional flights.”
Etihad officials also expect the extra flights to significantly boost connectivity from Abu Dhabi to key destinations in Southeast Asia and Australia.
The carrier is also looking to expand in the U.S., as evidenced by its commencement of daily, nonstop service to Washington Dulles International Airport in February. The flights, which are performed on A340-500 aircraft, offer a weekly freight capacity of 140 tonnes and complement the carrier’s existing cargo routes to and from North America.
Hogan said Washington, D.C., in particular, provides Etihad with significant trade opportunities. “The point-to-point traffic between D.C. and Abu Dhabi is expected to contribute significantly to overall loads on the route,” he said last month. “The schedule also allows maximum connectivity to key markets in the [Gulf Cooperation Council], Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.”