September 22, 2008

Etihad Airways to Increase Flight Network, Staff Expansion on Cards

United Arab Emirates-based Etihad Airways has set its sights on flying 25 million passengers a year by 2020 and doubling the number of cities served from 50 to 100.

In addition to the flight network growth, which supports the order of 100 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the airline's workforce could also grow to 27,000 people by 2020, from its current 6,600, with most of the jobs based in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Etihad has flown more than four million passengers across its network of 48 destinations in 2008, and is on track to achieve its target of carrying six million passengers by the end of 2008.

James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, said: "Etihad already a substantial business and we signaled our intentions for the future by making recently one of the largest ever commercial aircraft orders. Our projections to 2020 reflect that order and the scale of our ambitions, closely aligned to the growth of Abu Dhabi as an economic and tourism powerhouse."