Etihad Air to fly daily

KATHMANDU: Etihad Airways is increasing its Kathmandu flights from four a week to daily flights. The airlines will offer a greater choice of flights and improved connections as part of its winter 2009-10 schedule with a new service to Hyderabad in India and flights to Athens, Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo and Kathmandu, said the airlines. The move to increase the flights is aimed at providing greater flight options to European air travellers and has thus added momentum to the government plan to celebrate the year 2011 as Tourism Year, it said. The available seat capacity between Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu will also increase by 75 per cent to 1839 seats per week. With the increase in number of flights cargo capacity will also increase, adding more value to Nepali economy.