Etihad Cargo is set to increase its capacity in the European market with the introduction of two new routes from its Abu Dhabi hub to Copenhagen in Denmark and Düsseldorf in Germany.
The carrier, which is the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, will also increase the frequency of existing services to Frankfurt.
The carrier currently operates seven passenger and four freighter flights per week to Frankfurt. From 1 May 2023, it will increase weekly flights from eleven to 15 with the introduction of four new services.
From 1 October 2023, Etihad Cargo will provide cargo capacity out of Denmark with the introduction of four weekly flights.
“Etihad Cargo is pleased to introduce cargo capacity out of Copenhagen. Denmark is home to a number of major international pharmaceutical companies and the country has become an established biotech and pharma hub in Europe,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president of global sales & cargo at Etihad Airways.
“Via Etihad Cargo’s IATA CEIV Pharma-certified product, PharmaLife, the carrier will provide the reliable and robust transportation of Denmark’s packaged medicaments to markets around the world.
The reinstatement of three weekly flights to Düsseldorf, in combination with the airline’s widebody passenger and freighter flights to Frankfurt and Munich, will offer additional cargo capacity out of Germany. The flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
“The relaunch of flights to Düsseldorf and additional flights to Frankfurt will further expand the carrier’s operational footprint in Germany, reinforcing Etihad Cargo’s commitment to the European market,” added Drew.
Etihad Cargo currently offers four dedicated freighter services from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam and two weekly freighter flights to Frankfurt, which connect to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the US.
The 11 new flights, in combination with the carrier’s existing European services and increased frequencies that will be launched in 2023, will bring the total number of flights to European destinations to 700 per month.
Earlier this week, Etihad announced plans to expand operations in Africa, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Astral Aviation to partner between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi.