Etihad increases flights to Athens, Larnaca
Abu Dhabi, April 16, 2014
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is set to boost frequency and capacity to key Mediterranean destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub.
The airlines will increase the Abu Dhabi-Athens route from seven to 10 flights per week from July 2, said a statement.
The new flights will also provide additional connection opportunities with codeshare partner Aagean Airlines, which has separately announced that it will be commencing a direct service between Athens and Abu Dhabi from May 28.
It will also place its EY flight code on Aegean-operated flights to 16 destinations in Greece and Larnaca (Cyprus), Madrid (Spain) and Sofia (Bulgaria).
The new flights will enable Etihad to place its flight code on Aegean-operated flights beyond Athens to Barcelona, subject to regulatory approval.
Etihad will also increase its base frequency on the Abu Dhabi-Larnaca route from three to five flights per week.
It will operate daily services to Larnaca during the peak summer period from July 1 to September 30.
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer, said: “These increases in frequency and capacity demonstrate our commitment to build a global, connected network.
“In the case of Athens, our new flights will offer guests the choice of two different departure times to and from Abu Dhabi, and in the case of Larnaca, the additional flights will provide more choice and flexibility, as well as better connectivity over Abu Dhabi.
“The additional services will also support the growth of business and leisure traffic over Abu Dhabi, and offer travellers greater choice of destinations across the Gulf region, Indian Sub-continent, Asia and Australia.
By July, nearly 90 per cent of Etihad’ global passenger network will be served by a daily flight, he added. - TradeArabia News Services