Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the launch of a three times per week service between Abu Dhabi and Algiers, marking the next stage of growth for the airline’s African network.
Commencing on 17 June 2015, the new capital-to-capital link will make Algiers, the largest city of Algeria, Etihad Airways’ tenth destination in Africa.
The new flights will offer significant travel options for business and leisure travellers in Algeria, a country with a population exceeding 37 million, providing links to the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub and destinations across the Gulf region, Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australasia. They will also provide better access to Algeria for over 10,000 Algerians expatriates living in the UAE.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “The direct link between the capitals of the UAE and Algeria is another milestone in our African expansion strategy and underscores our ongoing commitment to serve emerging markets.
“Algeria, the tenth largest country in the world and the largest in Africa, is rich in natural resources, such as oil and natural gas. Our new services will strengthen the oil and gas links between the UAE and Algeria, and create new opportunities for both countries in the areas of government, trade, tourism and cultural exchange.”
The Abu Dhabi-Algiers route will be operated by a three-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft, configured to carry 231 passengers, with eight seats in First Class, 32 seats in Business Class and 191 seats in Economy Class, offering a total of 1,386 seats per week.
The A330-300 aircraft will also offer just over 72 tonnes of weekly belly hold capacity to and from Algeria, giving a further boost to trade opportunities. The airline expects to transport oil equipment, consumable commodities, garments, electronics, building materials and vehicles to points across its network. Imports including dates, lubricants and a wide range of manufactured goods will be shipped in the other direction.
Located on the west side of a bay on the Mediterranean coast, the cosmopolitan city of Algiers is home to numerous historical and cultural attractions, including the Great Mosque, Notre Dame D’Afrique, Martyrs Square and multiple monuments and forts.
With its Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and French colonial heritage, Algeria offers a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene. The country has some of the world’s most beautiful coastline, as well as vast mountainous and desert landscapes.
Etihad Airways currently has flights to Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, the Seychelles, South Africa and Sudan in its African network.
The airline has announced six new routes for the first half of 2015, starting with Kolkata in February, Madrid in March, Entebbe in May, and Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Algiers in June.