Etihad Airways has announced that flight numbers between the UK and Abu Dhabi will increase through a new route. The airline will operate twice-a-day flights between Manchester and Abu Dhabi to carry more people between the two cities and improve links between the UK and the Middle East. More than 21 return flights from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi already take place from London Heathrow airport every week, which could be of interest to people considering property investment in the area. Andrew Harrison, managing director at Manchester airport, said that the area is "proud" to welcome Etihad's flight numbers. "These initiatives reflect Etihad's consistent commitment to the north of England, which will enable individual travellers and local businesses to use Manchester as a convenient hub to travel throughout the world," he added. The average flight time between Manchester and Abu Dhabi is seven hours, making the Middle East city an attractive holiday destination.