Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways, has said that it is planning to launch in the UK as it seeks to serve the increasing leisure travel demand to Abu Dhabi, one of its key global markets, Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Etihad Holidays’ first venture outside the Middle East, the UK service reflects its expertise in providing customers with the ideal package of accommodation, excursions, transfers and Etihad Airways flights.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: ‘Etihad Holidays has expanded considerably in our home market and regionally, with popular retail centres across the UAE and preferred distribution partnerships in the Middle East. It is a proud moment to now take our established Holidays brand internationally to further boost growing tourism numbers into Abu Dhabi and the UAE and to ensure a growing market can benefit from our attractive range of packages.’
‘Etihad Airways has a strong customer base in the UK, using our three times a day service from Heathrow and double daily from Manchester as well as regions served by our codeshare partners, so international expansion of our Holidays operation to this market makes perfect sense,’ he added.
Etihad Holidays offers an extensive range of packages in the UAE, as the airline seeks to attract more business and leisure travellers to Abu Dhabi and the other emirates. The new operation provides fully secure and dynamic online booking of holiday packages and exclusive offers at the new website, www.etihadholidays.co.uk.
Prospective UK travellers can now book packages at a full range of hotels in Abu Dhabi city, Saadiyat Island, and Yas Island, with a comprehensive range of tours and excursions including desert safaris, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, as well as boat and ferry trips.
In addition to holidays in the UAE, Etihad also offers its UK customers more than 300 breaks in China, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.