Mumbai (Agencies): Sharjah-based budget carrier Etihad is planning to multiply its reach across India keeping in mind the view of benefitting from the growing air passenger traffic in the country which is the world's second-fastest growing major economy.

The airline is planning to add a few more destinations in India besides adding capacity from Delhi and Mumbai, Etihad Airways sources said here.

"India, a fast-growing market, is very important for us. We are looking at a progressive but very reasonable increase in our services in years to come," they said.

The airline is assessing to add cities such as Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Jaipur to its network, if it gets the required regulatory approvals, in the current calender year, they said.

"In addition, Goa is also on Etihad's radar as another prospective destination. We are also mulling to reallocate some of the existing seats to the Mumbai and Delhi to scale up frequency from the two cities," sources said.

Most of the Gulf airlines operating out of India had large seat capacity under the air traffic rights, they said, adding "We are the one with least number of seats."

As per the UAE-India air traffic rights bilateral agreement, Etihad can operate 13,330 seats per week on the India-Sharjah route.

"UAE is negotiating with the government to increase the present allocation of seats. We hope it happens sooner than later," they said.

According to an estimate, almost 40 per cent of international air traffic from India is to the Gulf and West Asian countries