Recent statistics show that Canada is an important market for Etihad Airways which carried over 750,000 passengers on the airline’s Toronto route since October 2005. This results in more than 25% of the city’s 2.8 million residents.
Riding on this growth, Etihad Airways hosted a VIP reception in Toronto to celebrate the contribution of key partners in Canada, UAE and other markets around the world. The event was attended by James Mueller, senior vice president sales of Etihad Airways, who was joined by more than 150 government officials, ambassadors, travel agents and trade partners.
Transactions between two countries totalled US$1.6 billion last year, almost 95% of which was generated by Canadian exports to the UAE. The airline itself has invested heavily in the Canadian economy, having bought 11 flight training simulators valued at more than US$310 m from CAE since 2007.
Mueller said: “Canada is a very important market for us, and to Abu Dhabi and UAE. As our operations continue to grow in Canada, so does our economic contribution. Our average load factor, at 83 per cent, reflects the heavy demand from both leisure and business travellers, part of which has been fuelled by our codeshare and equity alliance partners.”