Etihad Airways anticipates an exciting summer season of travel from forecasts regarding passenger numbers. The UAE-based airline expects to fly four million passengers this summer. Their prediction is based on the fact that the UAE summer has already begun.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline is getting ready for a busy summer that will see the carrier carry over four million passengers. This includes local and connecting travelers from Etihad’s extensive global network.
The big summer
Etihad Airway’s forecast shows that they will carry over four million passengers from its main base at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) between 2oth June 23, 2023, and September 30, 2023. The travel rush has already begun due to the Eid al-Adha and UAE School holidays, with other carriers experiencing a similar surge. Also, the Dubai International Airport (DXB) has forecasted it will break records coming week, with over 300,000 passengers being welcomed in a single day.
In a conference, the General Manager of Hub Operations at Etihad Airways said,
“In addition to hosting guests as they fly into their summer holidays, we are also looking to welcome pilgrims, whether they are starting their journey from the UAE or connecting from other destinations across our extensive network. Thanks to Etihad’s award-winning cabin crew, family-friendly offerings, and cabin propositions, guests can expect the best travel experiences. By embracing cutting-edge technologies, we can deliver a more seamless and personalized experience for our guests.”
The carrier has a trajectory of tripling its passenger numbers by 2030. Etihad passenger capacity has grown by 10% in the past year, which has led to the airline reinstating various Airbus A320 and Airbus A380 planes to handle the surging passenger numbers.
Upgraded online systems
Etihad has upgraded its online and self-service check-in processes to make it easy for passengers during the peak season. The airline has enabled its Home check-in feature to let passengers check-in, including their luggage, up to five hours before departure and skip the queues.
Etihad announced it would offer the following check-in options during the peak summer:
- Check-in at Morafiq’s Mina Zayed and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) facility.
- For economy passengers, check-in will be available four hours and close an hour before departure. Check-in will close 45 minutes before departure for premium passengers.
- Check-in will close two hours before departure for flights destined for the US.
- Passengers can utilize the Home Check-in service on Etihad’s website from a day to five hours before departure.
The airline offers passengers traveling tips during the peak summer season, including arriving at the airport earlier than usual and double-checking departure terminals and flight times.
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