Etihad Ramps Up Worldwide Network – Airways | Airlines


DALLAS — Emirati carrier Etihad Airways (EY) has announced a new worldwide route network expansion to be introduced at the beginning of the winter season. The Abu Dhabi-based airline will add seven new destinations to the list and increase connectivity on 12 current routes starting in October.

Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad, said, “As we embark on Etihad’s next chapter targeting growth, our ambitious network and improved connectivity allow us to better serve Abu Dhabi and our valued guests, forming the basis of our future expansion while providing flexibility and freedom to adapt to new opportunities and markets.”

As EY is slowly recovering from the large crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sudden drop in air travel demand, the network expansion will reinforce its presence as one of the leading airlines in the challenging Middle Eastern airline market.

As well, EY recently reinstated the operation of its largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, on the popular two-daily service between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) since July 25, 2023.

The comeback of the Etihad Airbus A380 symbolizes the strong recovery in long-haul air travel demand. Photo: Lorenzo Giacobbo/Airways

New Routes in All Directions

In the strategic plans for Etihad Airways this winter, the carrier has not placed its focus on a specific region to impulse its operations in, but has rather chosen to expand its route network in all directions and across three different continents: Europe, Asia, and North America.

Starting as soon as September 28, EY will start operations in the European cities of Dusseldorf (DUS) and Copenhagen (CPH), two strategic airports for Star Alliance members Scandinavian Airlines (SK) and the Lufthansa Group. Non-stop flights to Osaka (KIX) will start on October 1 as well.

As well, from October 29, at the start of the season change, the airline will inaugurate its new service from Abu Dhabi to St. Petersburg (LED),…

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