Etihad reports 35% year-on-year growth in January

An Etihad Dreamliner in flight.
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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has published its preliminary traffic statistics for January 2024.

The carrier welcomed more than 1.4 million guests onboard and saw its load factor average out at 86.04 per cent across the month.

January 2024 Snapshot

In January 2024, Etihad Airways proudly welcomed aboard more than 1.4 million guests, marking a substantial 35 per cent year-on-year growth in customer numbers.

Flying High: Load Factors

With an average load factor of 86.04 per cent throughout the month, Etihad Airways has demonstrated operational prowess and efficiency.

This metric reflects the proportion of available seating capacity that is filled with paying passengers, highlighting the airline’s ability to maximize its resources effectively.

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 takes off.
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Insights from the Etihad CEO

Antonoaldo Neves, the CEO of Etihad Airways, expressed his delight at the company’s stellar performance to open the new year, affirming its position as one of the fastest-growing airlines globally.

Neves attributed this success to strategic initiatives aimed at meeting evolving customer needs and enhancing connectivity.

“We are meeting customer demand by adding more flights to key destinations, and Etihad is now offering almost 27% per cent more weekly departures for Summer 24 compared to last summer,” said Neves.

Network Enhancements

January 2024 witnessed significant network expansions by Etihad Airways, driven by burgeoning customer demand.

The airline augmented its flight frequencies to key destinations across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, culminating in an impressive 27 per cent increase in weekly departures compared to the previous summer.

Strengthening Connections

Etihad Airways reinforced its presence in key markets, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and India, by ramping up flight frequencies to cities such as Jeddah, Riyadh, Amman, Beirut, Colombo, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

Notably, the addition of two new Indian destinations—Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram—underscores the airline’s response to increased demand for air travel to and from the Indian subcontinent.

Exterior view of Zayed International Airport
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Abu Dhabi’s Zayed International Airport

As Etihad Airways’ new home, Abu Dhabi’s newly renamed Zayed International Airport serves as a hub of connectivity and convenience, offering passengers a world-class travel experience.

The naming of the airport follows the opening of Terminal A in November 2023, which is the airline’s new state-of-the-art home terminal.

Speaking recently on the re-naming of the airport in honour of the late Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates, Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer, Etihad Airways, said:

“We take immense pride in our home, Abu Dhabi, which is the perfect hub from which to explore the world.”

“We’re forever grateful to the vision of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and proudly join in these celebrations as our home airport is renamed in his honour.”

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Etihad has opened the year strongly, reporting a 35% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic for January against a strong 86% load factor.
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