Record Passenger Figures for Etihad

Etihad Airways has announced that it surpassed its target of carrying 10 million passengers in 2012 and says is set to achieve a 22% increase on the total of 8.41 million passengers for 2011.
The increase in passenger numbers – up to a total of 10.29 million – represents an extra 1.88 million passengers travelling on the carrier’s network that now covers 87 of its own
passenger and cargo destinations, and 245 codeshare destinations.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Etihad Airways has achieved significant expansion in 2012 and therefore it’s very satisfying to
pass our target of flying more than 10 million passengers during a year for the first time.
“We have launched flights to six new destinations during the last year – Tripoli, Shanghai, Nairobi, Basra, Lagos, and Ahmedabad – which have all contributed to the 22% increase in
passenger numbers.”
Overall in 2012 Etihad Cargo carried a record 365,000 tonnes, 18% more than in 2011. Etihad Airways’ busiest route was Bangkok with the airline carrying nearly 691,000 passengers to the Thai capital during the year, a 38% increase on 2011.
This was closely followed by Manila, Heathrow and Jeddah. Sydney, Paris, Frankfurt, Manchester, Doha and Dublin complete the list of the 10 most popular routes.
During 2012 Etihad Airways beat its previous record for the number of passengers carried in a single day with 33,766 passengers flying on Saturday 14 July.
The airline has announced it will start flights to at least three new destinations in 2013, Washington DC in March, Sao Paulo in June, and Ho Chi Minh City in October.