Battle for Toronto as Etihad and Emirates increase frequency

The move comes on the heels of a decision by Canada to waive visa requirements for UAE nationals.
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CARLOS RAMIREZ

Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways have both announced that they’ll be increasing the number of flights they have serving Toronto in Canada.

Etihad will increase its weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Canada’s largest city from three to five, while Emirates will also introduce two additional flights to Toronto, for a total of five.

Etihad’s flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring 40 seats in Business Class and 340 in Economy Class.

Emirates’ flights will be operated by the Emirates A380 with private suites in First Class, lie flat seats in Business Class and spacious seats in Economy Class.

The move comes on the heels of a decision by Canada to waive visa requirements for UAE nationals.

“We have welcomed well over a million guests on our flights to Toronto since we launched the service almost 13 years ago. This development is great news for UAE nationals, for who Canada is an exciting trade, touristic, and cultural partner, and for Canadians, including the thousands residing here in the emirates,” said Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group.

Approximately 45,000 Canadian citizens reside in the UAE, with over 150 Canadian companies registered across the country. Citizens of both countries now enjoy visa-free entry for business and tourism on stays of up to six months.

Emirates’ additional Toronto flights will be introduced on August 18 2018, while Etihad will introduce its new Toronto flights on October 28, 2018.

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