Etihad Airways will operate a service to Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, four times a week from November 2009 and the service will become daily from the start of 2010.

The addition of Hyderabad brings the number of Indian destinations served by Etihad to seven.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Etihad has made no secret of the fact that it wants to build up its Indian services and looks forward to expand its flying programme to the country with the launch of this exciting new service.

“Hyderabad is a key Indian destination not currently served directly from Abu Dhabi. It therefore represents a great opportunity for our airline, one which I am sure will be warmly welcomed by the large Hyderabadi community living and working within the Emirate.

“As well as strong point-to-point traffic, we expect Hyderabad to make a significant contribution to the rest of our network, with particularly strong connecting traffic flows linking India to both North America and Europe.”

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