Etihad Airways has improved its target of carrying 10 million passengers in 2012.
The airline’s president and chief executive, Mr. James Hogan, said in Lagos that the increase in passenger traffic- up to a to 10.29 million - represents an extra 1.88 million passengers travelling on the carrier’s global network that now covers 87 of its own passenger and cargo destinations, and 245 code share destinations.
He said the carrier’s passenger growth is mirrored by its equity partners, including Air Berlin which was expected to have carried 33.4 million passengers, Virgin Australia 19.5 million passengers, Air Lingus, nearly 11 million passengers, and Air Seychelles 241,000 passengers by the end of last year.
Hogan added that its equity partners would have collectively carried more than 74 million passengers in 2012, with cooperation between the five airlines greatly contributing to passenger growth.
“An example of the success of this cooperation is the 300,000 passengers Air Berlin and Etihad Airways have delivered onto each other’s networks during the last 12 months.
“Etihad Airways has achieved significant expansion in 2012 and therefore it is very satisfying to pass our target of flying more than 10 million passengers during a year for the first time.
“We have launched flights to six new destinations during the last year - Tripoli, Shanghai, Nairobi, Basra, Lagos, and Ahmedabad - which have all contributed to the 22 per cent increase in passenger numbers,” he said. - http://www.etihadairways.com/