ABU DHABI- Etihad Airways (EY), the flagship carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is responding to customer demand by introducing additional flights to key destinations across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
This latest expansion results in the airline now providing nearly 27% more weekly departures compared to the previous summer.
Etihad Middle-East and India Flights
The increased flight services include destinations such as Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Amman in Jordan, Beirut in Lebanon, along with Colombo in Sri Lanka, and Kolkata and Bangalore in India.
These enhancements are part of Etihad’s ambitious strategy to expand flights and frequencies, aiming to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s global connectivity and offer greater flexibility in travel options for its passengers.
Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer at Etihad, stated, “These recent additions to flight frequencies, complemented by our seamless connections at Abu Dhabi and the continued growth of our global network, provide our passengers with increased choices to travel to their preferred destinations at their convenience. Additionally, it facilitates a more enjoyable visit or layover in Abu Dhabi, seamlessly integrated into their journey.”
Flight Attendant Pay Changes
Etihad Airways has adopted a practice similar to US-based carriers by discontinuing the provision of ‘boarding pay’ to flight attendants as part of their wages.
The remuneration strategy of not compensating crew members for ground duties, including boarding, is facing challenges from various unions in the United States. Delta Air Lines (DL) has already eliminated this practice, reported PYOK.
Similar to many other airlines, Etihad Airways’ flight attendants receive a base salary along with an hourly allowance for time spent in the air. Previously, flying time was calculated for the entire duty period, encompassing activities from crew check-in to disembarking at the end of the flight.
This previous approach resulted in flight attendants being compensated for crucial ground-related tasks such as pre-flight briefings, security checks on the aircraft, and the boarding of passengers.
It also meant that crew members received payment during the disembarkation of passengers and a brief period thereafter, which included additional security checks
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