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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Etihad to increase flights to Maldives

Growing demand on the route spurs carrier to introduce new services to popular resort

Biyadhoo island, Kaafu Atoll, part of the Maldives. Etihad will increase flights to the popular destination in the Indian Ocean. Getty
Biyadhoo island, Kaafu Atoll, part of the Maldives. Etihad will increase flights to the popular destination in the Indian Ocean. Getty

Etihad Airways on Wednesday announced four additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi - Malé route, taking frequency to the Maldives to 11 services a week from June next year.

“We are increasing frequency to 11 flights a week in order to cater to growing demand on the route, and to provide our guests with more choice of flights so that they can make the most of their stay in the Maldives,” said Peter Baumgartner, the Etihad Airways chief executive.

In addition to providing greater choice and flexibility for UAE residents - visitors from this country to the Maldives increased 35 per cent over the past 12 months - and GCC residents, overall connectivity and timing options between the Maldives and key countries on Etihad's European network will be enhanced. These include the major markets of the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Russia.

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The extra flights, effective from June 15, 2018, will operate year-round and provide more travel options with an early morning arrival enabling guests to maximise their stay in the Maldives. The additional flights will operate every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The expansion from the current daily operation will continue to see a two-class A320 aircraft on the route, offering 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy.

Since launching the route in November 2011, Etihad Airways has flown more than 550,000 passengers to and from the Maldives, while Europe continues to be the main source market for what is one of the world’s premium honeymoon and leisure destinations.