_: Etihad Airways, will increase its services to Casablanca to provide daily flights from next year.
Etihad currently flies five times a week between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca and in June, 2012 celebrated the seventh anniversary of operations to the Moroccan capital.
The daily service from March 28 will support traffic growth between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca and connecting traffic to many popular onward GCC destinations including Jeddah, and a choice of Asian cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Sydney. The additional services will improve the connectivity in Abu Dhabi by 50 per cent.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Moroccan capital has been a successful destination for us and retains strong volumes of business and leisure passengers throughout the year. We believe there are good prospects for further growth in the region.
“Abu Dhabi’s geographical location makes it ideal as a gateway for air travellers from Morocco to connect to markets in Australia, the Far East and throughout the Arabian Gulf easily and quickly.” The daily service will also strengthen connectivity with code share partner, Royal Air Maroc, allowing Etihad Airways passengers more choice to connect to domestic Moroccan destinations and other points in West Africa.
Etihad Airways operates a three cabin A330-300 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca, configured to carry eight passengers in Diamond First class, 32 passengers in Pearl Business class, and 191 passengers in Coral Economy class.