Etihad Airways carried more than six million people in 2008, bucking last year’s global aviation industry downturn.
Some 6,021,931 passengers flew with the Abu Dhabi-based airline, with average seat factors rising to 75 percent from 68 percent. Etihad’s busiest day came on December 19 when 20,937 flew with the carrier.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO, attributed the airline’s passenger figures to fleet and route expansion. Last year, the carrier launched six new services to Beijing, Minsk, Almaty, Kozhikode, Chennai and Moscow.