Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is set to overhaul the schedule of its flights to India and provide increased long haul connectivity and better frequency. Etihad is also streamlining its services to key destinations in response to changing demands and will now operate all Indian flights as early-morning departures effective March 30, 2009.
Currently Etihad has flights to six destinations in India; Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Kozhikode (Calicut), Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
With the new schedule, Etihad flights from Thiruvananthapuram will now additionally connect to long haul destinations like Canada and New York, Chennai to Milan, Frankfurt and Moscow, Kochi to New York, London, Europe and Jordan, Kozhikode to the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. Mumbai and New Delhi will connect better to key destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean region.