18 Oct 2016 09:00
Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways today announced its Abu Dhabi – Madrid route will operate daily with the introduction of three new flights each week, effective 1 June 2017.
frequencies underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and
more travel options.
Continuing to operate
with a two-class Airbus A330-200 offering 22 Business and 240 Economy Class
seats, the daily service will strengthen the air bridge between the two capital
cities and appeal more to corporate and leisure travellers.
The extra flights
will provide connections to key markets across the Middle East, Africa, Indian
subcontinent, Asia and Australia. Popular connecting destinations via Abu Dhabi
include Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Mumbai and Delhi.
From Madrid, travellers are able
to connect to the network of Etihad Airways’ codeshare partner Air Europa to seven
cities in Spain, including Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, La Coruna, Palma de
Mallorca, Tenerife and Vigo. Guests can connect with Air Europa
beyond Madrid to destinations in South America and the Caribbean, including
Asuncion, Cancun, Lima and Santo Domingo. Etihad Airways also offers links with
codeshare partner Avianca between Madrid and the Colombian capital Bogota.
One of the airline’s 22
European destinations, Madrid has grown in popularity since Etihad Airways
launched scheduled passenger services to Spain in March last year.
Kevin Knight, Etihad
Aviation Group Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Our expanded Madrid
operation is in line with Etihad Airways’ strategy to offer more choice, greater
frequency and additional travel options when aircraft availability and market
“The extra flights
will cater to the strong demand between the two capital cities, and connect our
diverse international network even more with the Spanish capital and
destinations across Spain and beyond, through our partners.”
The additional services will provide a further 36
tonnes of freight capacity and boost visitor numbers to the heart of Spain’s
tourism industry. They will also drive and support
growing trade and cultural ties between the UAE and Spain, with many industries
benefitting, including fashion, petrochemicals, construction, education, health
care, transportation and tourism.