Etihad Airways will increase the number of flights to India it offers with the addition of a new service to Hyderabad beginning later this year.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline will begin the four-times-weekly flight in November before upgrading it to a daily service in 2010.
With Hyderabad, Etihad now offers seven routes to India – it was able to expand its presence in the region thanks to the liberalisation of links between the country and the United Arab Emirates.
James Hogan, chief executive of the airline, said: "Etihad has made no secret of the fact that it wants to build up its Indian services and looks forward to expanding its flying programme to the country with the launch of this exciting new service."
The carrier has also revealed its intention to offer flights to Bangalore and several other Indian cities.
In July, Etihad saw its busiest-ever month after providing flights to 616,000 passengers – a nine percent increase compared to the same month last year.