Etihad Airways is expanding its services to South Asia.
Responding to strong demand, the airline is increasing the number of flights to Kozhikode (in the South Indian state of Kerala) and the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.
Starting January 1, 2013, the number of flights to Kozhikode will increase from three a week to seven flights.
Kerala has tens of thousands of Indian workers employed in the United Arab Emirates for whom the extra flights would be a much desired convenience.
Besides Kozhikode, Etihad Airways offers 56 flights per week connecting its Abu Dhabi hub directly to eight key Indian cities - Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Ahmedabad.
Flights to Colombo also get a boost from four flights a week to seven starting January 2, 2013.
Pearl Business Reintroduced
Addressing the more profitable category of customers, Etihad is reintroducing its Pearl Business class on both the Kozhikode and Colombo routes.
Etihad is deploying the Airbus A320 with 16 Pearl Business Class seats for the additional services.
The additional services will expand connections at Etihad's Abu Dhabi hub to 370 for Kozhikode and 300 for Colombo.
New destinaions Jeddah, Johannesburg, Lagos, Milan and Toronto will be connected to Kozhikode while Geneva, Munich and Astana will be connected to Colombo.