ABU Dhabi-based Etihad Airways plans to increase the frequency of existing routes and introduce new destinations in Asia-Pacific within the next two years, citing current strong 85 per cent load factor across all its flights in the region.

CEO, Mr James Hogan, said Etihad next year would target to provide daily services to Singapore and Australia, and launch a third (daily) service to Bangkok in the last quarter.

Mr Hogan said in 2010 the airline planned to introduce new destinations in Japan and South Korea, add new flights to Shanghai, and increase the four-weekly Beijing service to daily.

In March, Etihad launched new services to Beijing, China, and Kozhikode and Chennai, India. It plans to launch new routes to Jaipur and Kolkata in India, Almaty in Kazakhstan, and Moscow in Russia later this year.

Sirima Eamtako, Bangkok (2008-05-21) for TTG Asia