March 17, 2020 / 9:32 AM / 24 days ago

Abu Dhabi's Etihad adding cargo flights on routes where passenger operations are down

DUBAI, March 17 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it was expanding its cargo network to markets where passenger operations have decreased due to the coronavirus epidemic.

About half of all air cargo carried worldwide normally flies in passenger jets but the grounding of those planes due to the coronavirus outbreak is driving freighter demand.

Etihad also said it was also increasing services over the summer to cargo destinations.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, editing by Louise Heavens

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