Wednesday, February 13, 2013

► NIGERIA: Etihad goes daily to Lagos from late March.

Following on from its increased Khartoum operations, Etihad Airways(EY), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will now upgrade its Lagos service to daily to meet growing demand from passengers travelling to and from Nigeria. Beginning 31 March a new Thursday service will be introduced on board an Airbus A330-200 bringing total weekly frequencies up to 7 (i.e. daily).

Downtown Lagos
Downtown Lagos (Unknown)
The airline initially launched its service between Lagos, West Africa’s most populous city, and Abu Dhabi on July 1, 2012, with six flights a week enhancing the links between Nigeria, Africa’s third largest economy, and the United Arab Emirates.

Etihad Airways(EY): Abu Dhabi - Lagos
-Effective 31MAR13
  • EY673 AUH 0225 - 0705 LOS 332 1246
  • EY671 AUH 0950 - 1430 LOS 332 357
  • EY674 LOS 0920 - 2010 AUH 332 1246
  • EY672 LOS 2005 - 0655+1 AUH 332 357
Source [Amadeus]
The new daily service will significantly improve connections between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, and beyond to key destinations across the airline’s network in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, India, Malaysia and China.
Maurice Phohleli, Etihad Airways’ General Manager, Nigeria and West Africa, said: “Our passenger loads are strong and we are confident that this route will continue to support the growing flow of business and leisure travellers who fly from Nigeria to the United Arab Emirates, and onwards over the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi to key commercial and tourism destinations in the GCC, North and Southeast Asia and markets in the Indian Subcontinent.
Source [Etihad]
The service, comprising a mix of morning and evening departures, is operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured to carry 22 Pearl Business class and 240 Coral Economy class passengers.