Etihad steps up new year connections to India

UAE national carrier, Etihad Airways, has stepped up its services to India with the launch of two new daily fights. Routes from Abu Dhabi to Kozhikode (CCJ) and Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) in the Kerala region of India began on New Year’s Day.

Etihad’s maiden flight arrives in Thiruvananthapuram (Image Etihad)

These non-stop services to each destination bring the total number of Indian gateways served by Etihad to 10. The airline said this underscores the its commitment to providing easy access to its expanding global network for guests travelling to and from the Subcontinent.

Etihad CEO, Antonoaldo Neves, said: “We have established a fantastic group of non-stop routes between India and Abu Dhabi, providing customers with easier access to our growing network without transiting through one of the main Indian hub airports.

"Seamless and practical connections at Abu Dhabi ensure that our guests can easily access destinations across the GCC, Europe - including our four daily services to London - and North America. Moreover, they have the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic stopover in Abu Dhabi as an integral part of their journey.”

The introduction of this service enhances accessibility to the picturesque countryside and beaches that Kerala is renowned for, creating increased inbound tourism to the region. Additionally, it streamlines travel for professionals visiting the burgeoning business hubs in the area.

In 2023, the airline reintroduced services to Kolkata, a vital Indian gateway connecting Eastern India to global destinations. Furthermore, the airline has increased the frequencies of flights to Mumbai and Delhi, two of its most popular routes, from two to four flights per day.