Saturday, October 24, 2009
Etihad Airways has officially announced that it will restarting flights to CMB-Colombo from January 1st 2010. EY will be using an A 320 to fly this route nonstop from AUH four times per week. It has timed its flight to perfectly connect with LHR/JFK/ORD/YYZ via AUH in both directions thus giving a big boost to the load factors of these long haul flights.
Days of operation: MON/WED/FRI/SUN
EY 266 Dep AUH 2155 Arr CMB 0345+1
EY 267 Dep CMB 0445 Arr AUH 0800
Etihad will now be the fastest airline to fly from JFK/ORD and YYZ to CMB and vice versa. With a lower pricing structure in place and better connections via AUH in both directions (2 hour transit only both ways versus EK's 8 hours o/b and 3 hours i/b), they will be poaching a lot of EK's market share out of Toronto especially.