UAE to increase flights to Canada

03/06/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
UAE to increase flights to Canada

Trade links between the UAE and Canada could be set to improve following the launch of plans to increase flight numbers between the two nations.James Hogan, a top executive at UAE-based Etihad Airways, has put forward the case that the carrier should have access to operate daily flights out of Pearson airport in Canada.During recent visits to Ottawa and Toronto the airline head said it would be beneficial from a business standpoint to boost air links between Canada and the Persian Gulf region."We've been operating here since 2005, so I think we have demonstrated a commitment to Canada. It's a good route for us. There's certainly a demand for this service," he commented.Mr Hogan said the airline's Boeing 777 flights are around 80 per cent full when they fly three times a week direct to Abu Dhabi, adding that for 40 per cent of travellers, Abu Dhabi is the final destination, while 60 per cent then go on to other cities.