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Abu Dhabi's Etihad plans expansion push into India

Etihad Airways is expanding operations in India with more flights and wide-bodied jets, building on its deal with India's Jet Airways as it eyes growth in one of the fastest growing markets.The Abu Dhabi airline, which is buying a 24 percent stake in the Indian operator, announced a threefold increase in seats on the prime Abu Dhabi to Mumbai and New Delhi routes from November.Etihad also intends to codeshare on a wide range of flights operated within India by Jet Airways."India is one of the world's fastest-growing destinations, and a key market in the growth strategy of Etihad Airways," President and Chief Executive James Hogan said in a statement."Following the recent signing of a new air services agreement between India and the UAE, we now have the opportunity to add significant capacity between the two countries."The India-UAE agreement finalised earlier this month allows both countries' airlines to add 36,670 seats per week over three years to the current entitlement of 13,600 se...

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