Leading Gulf carrier (Etihad EY/ETD) is increasing flights to the UK from the 1st August 2020 as it builds up operations after the virtual grounding due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Like many Gulf airlines, Etihad offers vital worldwide connections through Abu Dhabi allowing passengers to fly onto destinations such as Australia and Asia with ease.
The UK was Etihad’s top departure destination from Abu Dhabi in 2019 with London seeing over 643,000 seats being sold between the two cities.
The airline currently flies one daily flight using a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from Abu Dhabi (AUH/OMAA) to London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) but from 1st August this will change to twice-daily using a mixture of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.
Manchester currently sees a twice-weekly service from Abu Dhabi using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. From 1st August this will move to four-times-per-week with the same aircraft type.
Tony Douglas, Etihad Aviation Group‘s group CEO, said: “While we have continued to operate a schedule of special passenger, cargo and humanitarian flights over the last few months, the priority is now to build the network back up on markets that have opened up and to provide a secure and hygienic flying environment across the entire guest journey.
“Over the last few months, we have seized every opportunity to improve our processes, review our product offering, and to undertake the biggest fleet maintenance program in our history.”