Etihad launches flights to Sana’a
Abu Dhabi, September 1, 2013
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today (Sept 1) launched its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Sana’a, Yemen’s political and commercial capital.
A high level Yemeni delegation, including Waed Bathib the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Tourism, Dr Qasim Sallam Said, representatives from Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Education, security officials and senior airport officials received the maiden flight upon its arrival at Rehaba International Airport in Sana’a.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, said: “The ancestral, cultural and business ties between these two countries are significant, and we celebrate this new link between these two capitals.”
“The launch of direct services to Sana’a is consistent with our strategy of adding depth and scale to our network and targeting areas of growth in emerging markets. I am confident this new service will further facilitate Yemen’s economic development and encourage trade and investment in the capital.”
Marking the launch of services, Etihad Airways also will visit Al Khair Public School and Um Habiba School in the city, where staff and volunteers are due to distribute 1,000 bags filled with stationery and school supplies to students. The effort is arranged in collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent.
More than 90,000 Yemeni nationals live in the UAE and the country is Yemen’s largest regional trading partner, with annual trade valued at over $2 billion, including $1.6 billion in UAE exports, a statement said.
The airline now serves the Yemeni capital four times a week from Abu Dhabi with an Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with 16 Pearl Business Class seats and 120 seats in Coral Economy Class.
“The timing of the new service offers air travellers convenient onward connections via Abu Dhabi to a significant number of other key destinations across the airline’s global network, particularly across the GCC, the Middle East, Australia, and key European and North American destinations,” Hogan concluded. – TradeArabia News Service