Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has commenced daily non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Phuket, the airline’s second destination in Thailand. The inaugural flight EY430 departed Abu Dhabi International Airport at 8:40 am local time on Sunday, October 26, and touched down at 6:00 pm the same day at Phuket International Airport, where it was welcomed by dignitaries and airline representatives.

The new Phuket route is a natural expansion of our Thai network and a strong addition to our portfolio of leisure destinations, which includes the Seychelles, Maldives and Sri Lanka, said President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways James Hogan. The route is serviced by a two-class Airbus A330-200 with 22 seats in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy Class. phuketgazette.com