Etihad's passenger traffic grows by 70 pc

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Mumbai, Oct 25 (UNI) Etihad Airways today claimed that it has carried more than 3.3 million passengers during the first nine months of 2007, compared to 1.95 million for the same period in 2006, an increase of 70 per cent.

The Airline had average seat factors of 75 per cent across its network of 45 destinations during the third quarter - July, August and September - of the current year, an official statement said here today.

According to the statement, the Airline's year-on-year seat factor has increased by nine per cent as it continues to expand its global network and add new aircraft to its fleet.

''The last quarter has been another strong one for Etihad with impressive growth in all passenger cabins. It's particularly pleasing to see that growth is spread well across the network, with both new and established routes performing extremely well,'' Etihad Airways' Chief Executive James Hogan said in the statement.

''The Airline's new winter schedule, which starts on October 28, will see us boost our weekly flight schedule by a further 29 per cent, which should see us exceed our 4.5 million passenger target by the end of this year,'' Mr Hogan added.

Etihad has launched eight new routes this year to Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Sydney, Brisbane, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Milan and Dublin.

The Airline will add its 45th destination, which is ninth in this year, to its global network on October 28 with the launch of flights to Kathmandu in Nepal.

UNI

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