Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways will launch a new three flights a week service to Larnaca in Cyprus in June. The new service will increase Etihad's worldwide flight network to 53 cities, with other new services to Melbourne (starting in March), and Istanbul and Athens (starting in June). Etihad Airways' chief executive, James Hogan, said: 'The launch of flights to Larnaca illustrates Etihad's ambitions to strengthen our European network and we anticipate strong demand for flights which will help open up new commercial and cultural ties between the UAE and Cyprus. 'The new route also offers excellent connecting opportunities in Abu Dhabi, helping to link Larnaca with Cypriot communities worldwide and our new service this month to Melbourne will benefit greatly with the start-up in June of flights from Cyprus. ' The new flights to Larnaca, which are scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, will also appeal to the UAE community, who will be able to visit for short weekend breaks. With the addition of Larnaca, Ethiad's number of European destinations reaches 13. Other European destinations served by Ethiad include: Athens, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Milan, Minsk, Munich and Paris. Larnaca sits on the southern coast of Cyprus and is the island's second largest commercial centre. Larnaca is also close to the Cypriot capital of Nicosia and the popular tourist resorts of Limassol and Paphos. Etihad Airways will carry up to 140 passengers on the route, with 20 seats in business class and 120 in economy class, on a two-class Airbus A320.