Abu Dhabi - Etihad has confirmed it will increase
its flights between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg this winter with three extra
flights per week, to operate from July to September.
The three extra weekly flights will complement the
existing daily flight between the two cities.
Tourism Update reports the new flights will be
operated by a combination of Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777 aircraft, offering
a total of 2 200 additional seats in business class and 21 500 additional seats
in economy class over the three-month period.
In July, the additional flights will operate on
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with flight EY 601 departing JNB at 09h45 and
arriving in AUH at 20h15. Return flight EY 602 will depart AUH at 01h45 and
arrive in JNB at 08h15. In August and September the flights will operate on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the same flight times.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority confirmed
a drive to promote the emirate as leisure and business destination in South
Africa has shown a 50% increase and that the seasonal flight
increase was in response to this.
“We witnessed highly impressive growth of 42 per
cent year-on-year in the number of South African guest arrivals into Abu Dhabi
to reach 26 147 in 2015 and we want to build on this momentum and increase our
visibility to a huge potential market,” said Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director
Promotions & Overseas Offices, TCA Abu Dhabi.
The Tourism Authority said it would be at World
Travel Market Africa between 6th and 8th April in Cape Town, along with
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Abu Dhabi; Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri
Abu Dhabi; Orient Tours and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center to add momentum and exposure to the exisiting progress it has made.
WTM forms part of Africa Travel Week, the continent’s largest international travel industry event. The show attracts approximately 500 international tourism industry buyers, 4 500 trade visitors, 220 media and 1 700 exhibiting personnel from across Africa and the world.
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