Etihad Cargo to Boost Global Belly Hold Capacity with 100 New Weekly Flights

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics division of Etihad Airways, will expand its belly hold cargo capacity across its global network starting June 2024. The airline’s summer schedule includes 23 new passenger flight destinations and an increase of 77 weekly flights on existing routes, totaling 100 new weekly passenger flights.

Popular seasonal European destinations return to the schedule, with additional belly hold cargo capacity to Spain, Greece, and France, along with a new route to Turkey. From June 2, customers can book cargo space on three weekly flights to Malaga and two weekly flights to Nice. Flights to Athens will increase to 14 per week, with two flights each to Mykonos and Santorini. A new route to Antalya will offer three weekly flights, and flights to Istanbul will increase from 10 to 14 per week starting July 22. Additionally, three more flights to Dublin will bring the total to 10 per week from July 23.

In the Middle East, Etihad Cargo will introduce three passenger flights to Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia, and increase frequencies to other destinations by 32 flights per week. This includes seven additional flights to Amman (totaling 14 per week), seven more to Kuwait (totaling 28 per week), two more to Bahrain, Beirut, and Muscat, five more to Doha, and an increase to 28 flights per week to Cairo by mid-July.

The carrier’s network in India will grow with four weekly flights to Jaipur. Flights to Thiruvananthapuram will increase from seven to 10 per week, two new flights to Ahmedabad will bring the total to 17 per week, three new flights to Bengaluru will total 17 per week, and flights to Kolkata will increase to eight per week.

In Asia, Etihad Cargo will launch a new route to Bali with four weekly flights. Additional capacity will be added with an extra weekly flight to Bangkok (totaling 18), 11 more flights to Colombo (totaling 27), three more to Karachi (totaling 17), and four more to Seoul (totaling 11).

Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo at Etihad Cargo, said: “With the launch of its summer schedule, Etihad Cargo will deliver significant benefits to its partners and customers, thanks to the added belly hold cargo capacity and enhanced connectivity to key markets. The expansion of the airline’s passenger network, in combination with Etihad Cargo’s regular and charter freighter services, will substantially increase cargo capacity across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Introducing new routes and increased frequencies will reinforce the connections between Abu Dhabi and major global markets, effectively meeting the growing demand for cargo capacity.”

In March 2024, Etihad Cargo launched a fourth US gateway destination, offering belly hold cargo capacity to Boston via four weekly flights. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2024, the carrier is committed to continuously evaluating its network, increasing frequencies, launching new destinations and expanding cargo capacity to better serve its customers and remain the air cargo partner of choice.

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