Passengers at Athens International Airport will have more destinations to choose from this year after a decision by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to boost its flying program to Europe with the addition of a new route to Athens. The Greek capital will be initially served by the airline three times a week from early June, increasing to five flights a week from October 2009 and then daily from the start of 2010. ‘We anticipate strong demand for flights to and from Athens,’ said James Hogan, chief executive at Etihad Airways. The airline will also provide a flight link between Athens and Melbourne. ‘The new route also offers excellent connecting opportunities between Athens and the rest of our network, helping to link this historic European city with Greek communities worldwide,’ added Hogan.