19 Jun 2014 17:00

The launch of direct non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Zurich by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will bring greater choice for travellers and strengthen Switzerland as a European air transport hub. 

The new service launched on 1 June 2014, builds on Etihad Airways’ daily flights between Geneva and Abu Dhabi launched in June 2004. 

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “This year we celebrate ten years of operation in Switzerland, which continues to be an increasingly important travel market for Etihad Airways and a significant trading partner with the UAE. 

“Our new Zurich daily service means Swiss business and leisure travellers have greater access to the UAE and important markets in the Gulf region, Middle East, Africa, Indian Sub Continent, Asia and Australia. 

“Etihad Airways’ presence in Switzerland contributes to a resilient aviation sector in Switzerland, bringing the benefits of competition and convenience to travellers,” Mr Hogan said. 

Both Zurich and Geneva services are operated by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a total of 231 seats in a three class cabin configuration: Eight First Class, 32 Business Class and 191 Economy Class.  

From Zurich, Etihad Airways now provides travellers with 25 international connections to the Gulf region, Indian Sub Continent, Africa, Asia and Australia via its hub in Abu Dhabi. 

In conjunction with our global network partners Air Seychelles, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways is now able to provide connectivity from Zurich and Geneva to 44 destinations beyond its hub in Abu Dhabi. 

Flying into Zurich and Geneva, Etihad Airways now provides seamless onward European connections to 22 destinations on Etihad Regional’s network, including domestic services between Zurich and Geneva, and Geneva and Lugano. 

Travellers can also connect on airberlin and Niki’s regional network via Zurich to Berlin, Dűsseldorf, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca and Vienna. Air Serbia provides a convenient daily connection from Zurich to Belgrade. 

“The greater choice for travellers is further evidence of the value and strength of our network partnership strategy, which enables us to work with partner airlines to offer more flights to more destinations, with more connections,” Mr Hogan said. 

Etihad Guest loyalty members flying with its partner airlines, Etihad Regional, airberlin, Niki and Air Serbia across Europe, can earn and spend Etihad Guest Miles on flights as well as enjoy recognition benefits such as status miles, lounge access, excess baggage and priority check-in. 

While passenger traffic between Switzerland and the UAE has nearly doubled in the past five years, cargo volume is similarly increasing as a result of growing trade between the two countries. In 2013, Etihad Cargo carried more than 6,700 tonnes of goods to and from Switzerland, up 21 per cent on 2012. 

The new Zurich-Abu Dhabi services will offer cargo customers 260 tonnes of weekly bellyhold volume to meet the increasing demand for freight capacity. In total, Etihad Airways will offer just over 510 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity to and from Switzerland.
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Zurich flight schedule

Flight number Origin Departure Destination Arrival Aircraft
EY073 Abu Dhabi 02:05 Zurich 06:50 A330-300
EY074 Zurich 11:55 Abu Dhabi 20:15 A330-300