Record Etihad Traffic

STATE-OWNED national carrier Etihad Airways of the UAE carried a record number of passengers and cargo in 2011 as it added flights and eight new routes.  It carried 8.29 million travellers last year – up 17% from 2010.  Meanwhile, its Crystal Cargo unit transported 310,000 tonnes – an increase of 18%.
The traffic growth was achieved while: “much of the world was still very much in the economic doldrums and oil prices remained high”, said CEO James Hogan, adding that the busiest route was to Bangkok, with more than 500,000 passengers flying to the Thai capital.  Next were London (with 479,000), Manila (with 446,000) and Jeddah (with 289,000).  Sydney, Frankfurt, Paris, Manchester, Doha and Dublin completed the most popular top ten.
The carrier reported a 28% rise in revenue to $1.72 billion for the first half of 2011, putting it on target to generate its first net profit in 2012.