Etihad Airways will boost capacity on its flights to Manchester from Abu Dhabi by almost 60 percent this summer.
In June, the carrier’s A330-200 aircraft will be replaced by B777-300s, a move that will create an extra 2,100 seats on the route every week.
Flights to Manchester have been operated by Etihad since 2006, and the increase in capacity is a response to rising demand from passengers travelling between the emirate and the north-west.
Paul Baumgartner, chief commercial officer at Etihad, said that the airline’s Manchester services "have been performing very strongly", with load factors almost totalling 80 percent last year.
"The business and investment ties between Manchester and Abu Dhabi have never been stronger and the introduction of the B777 furthers our commitment to this important route," he commented.
"We are pleased to support business and leisure travel to the region, as well as offering our customers greater access to Abu Dhabi and our expanding global network."
From the beginning of this month, Manchester Airport introduced body scanners at its Terminal 2 as part of new government security rules.