Etihad expands at Dublin

Etihad Airways has just announced an increase from daily to ten a week on its Abu Dhabi-Dublin service. Given the dire state of the Irish economy this is both surprising and positive news. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO, has been reported as saying that “Dublin has been one of our most successful ever destination launches, with more than 300,000 people flying on these services since launch and an average seat factor of 80%”.  This expansion demonstrates the airline’s confidence in the market – It’s even planning to open a dedicated business lounge at the airport in 2010.