Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will fly daily between Abu Dhabi and Istanbul from January 1st, 2013.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline launched services to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, with four non-stop flights a week in June 2009, increasing to five services per week later that same year.
The daily service will support traffic growth between Abu Dhabi and Turkey and connecting traffic to onward destinations across the GCC, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia and Australia.
To date, Etihad Airways - considered the World’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards - has flown more than 200,000 guests on the route.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways president, said the move to daily services was motivated by strong performance and the potential for further growth.
“Since launching, we have observed a high point-to-point traffic flow between Istanbul and Abu Dhabi, accounting for the largest share of travellers on the route.
“This is indicative of the thriving trade and commercial relationship between these two countries, as well as world-class tourism programs.