16 Apr 2014 10:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced it will boost frequency and capacity to Athens and Larnaca, adding depth to its expanding network, while enhancing connectivity over its Abu Dhabi hub.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways 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.
“It also means that by July 2014, nearly 90 per cent of Etihad Airways’
global passenger network will be served by a daily flight.”
Athens - From 2 July 2014, Etihad Airways will
increase frequency on the Abu Dhabi-Athens route from seven to 10 flights per
week with the introduction of three new flights, which will provide passengers
travelling to and from Athens with more choice and greater flexibility.
The new flights will also provide additional connecting opportunities
with codeshare partner Aegean Airlines, which has separately announced that it
will be commencing a direct service between Athens and Abu Dhabi from 28 May
Beyond Athens, Etihad Airways places its EY flight code
on Aegean-operated flights to 16 destinations in Greece including popular
islands such as Crete, Rhodes and Santorini, and to Larnaca, Madrid and Sofia
in Europe. Aegean Airlines places its A3 flight code on Etihad Airways
beyond Abu Dhabi to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Bahrain, Kuwait and Johannesburg.
The new flights will enable Etihad Airways to place its flight code on
Aegean-operated flights beyond Athens to Barcelona, subject to regulatory approval.
In addition, between 1 June and 30 September, Etihad Airways’ daily
EY090/EY091 flights will be upgraded from the current 174-seat Airbus A321
operation to a 254-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Flying 18 guests in the award-winning Pearl Business Class and 236
guests in Coral Economy Class, the larger aircraft is being deployed on the
route to meet the expected increase in summer traffic.
Larnaca - Etihad Airways will increase its base frequency
on the Abu Dhabi-Larnaca route from three to five flights per week. Etihad
Airways will also operate Larnaca as a daily service during the peak summer
period from 1 July to 30 September 2014.
All services to and from Larnaca will be operated by a two-class Airbus
A320 aircraft configured to carry 16 guests in Pearl Business Class and 120 in
Coral Economy Class.
Flights can be booked from today on www.etihad.com, through Etihad Airways Contact Centres, or via travel agents.