(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 8th November, 2017 (WAM) -- Etihad Airways has honoured key stakeholders in Nepal to mark a decade of partnership and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu.
Diplomats and government and aviation officials were joined by corporate and travel industry partners, along with local media and the airline's Kathmandu-based employees as Etihad Airways recognised their loyalty and support at two events in the Nepali capital.
Saeed Hamdan Al Naqbi, UAE Ambassador to Nepal, was the guest of honour at the anniversary events held at the Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu. Dignitaries included Andrei Budnik, Ambassador of Russia to Nepal, Yves Andre Carmona, Ambassador of France to Nepal, and Dipak Adhikari, Chief of Protocol at the Nepal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Etihad Airways launched scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Kathmandu on 28th October 2007 with four services a week. Frequency rose to daily in 2010, doubling to two flights a day in 2013.
The airline has carried more than 1.2 million guests between the two cities and beyond since 2007.
The UAE Ambassador to Nepal, said, "I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and thanks to Etihad Airways for celebrating 10 years of flying to Nepal. I was honoured to be appointed Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Nepal last year which was my first opportunity to visit this beautiful country.
"I hope many travellers from across Nepal continue to fly with Etihad Airways and take advantage of the numerous destinations that the UAE's national airline flies to, including our home city of Abu Dhabi and its many tourist attractions."
Etihad Airways has been a key supporter of Nepal's tourism industry and active in championing local community projects over the years.
WAM/Rasha Abubaker/Chris Moran
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