The chief executive of Etihad Airways has suggested that the carrier is planning on launching new flights to the US.
James Hogan said earlier this week that the States remain a "largely untapped market" for the airline, with Etihad’s new flights to Chicago from Abu Dhabi set to become integral to its future growth.
He explained that this is largely down to the fact that there is a population of nearly a quarter of a million Arab-Americans in Illinois and that its route to Chicago is the first between the state and the Arabian Gulf.
"We do not plan to use this service just to bring travellers from Chicago and the American mid-west to Abu Dhabi and the Middle East," he explained.
"Using our hub at Abu Dhabi airport, we will bring thousands of passengers from the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and Asia to Chicago, benefiting the local economy and helping to create good jobs."
On September 30th, Etihad launched new flights to Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, from Abu Dhabi.