Etihad Airways passenger demand up 17%

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, delivered solid operational performance in 2015 by achieving continued growth in passenger and cargo volumes, the company said.

The airline carried 17.4 million passengers last year, a significant increase of 17 percent over 2014 levels, and operated 97,400 flights which covered 467 million kilometres. The growth in passenger demand continued to surpass the airline´s capacity increase, underscoring the strength of its long-term growth strategy.

In total, Etihad Airways carried more than 75 percent of the total passengers who travelled to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2015. With the addition of the airline´s equity partners that operate flights into the UAE capital, the combined total rises to 84 percent of passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2015 carried 17.4 million passengers.