Etihad adds extra flights to the Gulf
ABU Dhabi airline Etihad is expanding its service from Dublin to the Gulf with twice-daily flights from July.
The move will be welcomed by the Government and tourism bodies keen to boost Ireland's trade and export links with the region, which also acts as an aviation hub for onward travel around the world, and particularly to the Far East.
Etihad already operates 10 flights a week between Dublin and Abu Dhabi, having commenced services between the cities in 2007 with four flights a week.
Its Dublin route carried 240,000 passengers last year, 8pc more than in 2012.
It has carried over one million people since it was first launched.
The increase in Etihad's flights to Abu Dhabi from Dublin will add about an extra 9,000 seats a week to its capacity on the route. The Dublin-Abu Dhabi route is one of Etihad's busiest.
The decision to expand the service to 14 flights a week comes after Taoiseach Enda Kenny met Etihad chief executive James Hogan during a recent trade mission.
Etihad owns nearly 3pc of Aer Lingus.