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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

Etihad Airways pulls out from Colombo

By Joseph Thavaraja

Colombo, 20 July, ( Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and a popular middle eastern airline among Sri Lankans traveling to gulf, will stop flying to Sri Lanka from September 9.

"The airline will discontinue flights from September 9. The total passenger volume around 46600 has already fallen by 30%. Also Safety is another concern" said airline representative Kumar de Silva. "It is a sad decision but we cannot help" he added.

"Etihad will offer flights to Colombo through its interline partner, Sri Lankan Airlines" said Geert W. Boven, Etihad Airways' executive vice president sales and services.

He added "Etihad continually monitors the commercial performance of its global flight network and has taken this decision following extensive market analysis."

Etihad is based in the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi and currently offers flights to 44 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Boven said that whilst it is always disappointing to exit a market, the decision means that "we will be able to redeploy the A330-200 aircraft to new destinations on our expanding flight network."

- Asian Tribune -

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