New Germany flights

Etihad to operate double daily flights to Frankfurt

Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways, will increase its Abu Dhabi-Frankfurt services from 10 to 13 per week from 12 December, increasing to a double daily from 28 March 2010.

Etihads flights to Frankfurt, which were launched in June 2005, are among the most popular of its European services, providing high volumes of traffic into Abu Dhabi as well as transit traffic to destinations like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, the airline said in a press release on Wednesday.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways chief executive, said: "Frankfurt has been one of Etihad's most successful destinations because it retains strong volumes of business and leisure passengers throughout the year."

Passengers heading to Germany from Etihad's destinations across the world can now choose from a morning or evening departure to Frankfurt, allowing a smooth transfer through Abu Dhabi airport.

The new flight schedule ensures that passengers flying out of Frankfurt will be able to choose from more than 80 connecting flights out of Abu Dhabi with transit times of less than four hours, including Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kathmandu and Beijing, Etihad said.

Frankfurt is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth largest city in Germany.

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