Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, transported approximately 1.5 million travelers in May, reflecting a 38% growth compared to May of the previous year. The airline, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has also accommodated an additional two million passengers from January to May this year, contrasting with the same timeframe in 2023. Etihad Airways' passenger load factor, a measure of how much of the available seating capacity is utilized, averaged 84% for the month. Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad Airways, highlighted a robust growth trend throughout the year, stating, 'We've seen a 38% increase in passengers year-to-date, with our YTD passenger count now at 7.2 million, which is two million more than the same period in 2023 (5.2 million from January to May).' He further noted, 'Our 12-month passenger figures, up to the end of May 2024, now exceed 16 million.' The airline's fleet has expanded by 15 planes over the past year, reaching a total of 90. Neves mentioned, 'In May, following months of dedicated work by various teams, we introduced the first of six planned A321neos for 2024 into service,' emphasizing their role in enhancing the network and frequencies while offering a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, underscoring the commitment to more modern and efficient aircraft.