Etihad Airways is set to increase its services from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and Sydney to a daily offer from March 27, 2022 to boost inbound and outbound travel.
Etihad Airways Vice President of Sales – Australia and New Zealand, Sarah Built, said the new daily services will be operated using a fleet of modern Boeing 787 aircraft in a two-cabin configuration and “have been scheduled to offer travelers a mix of morning and evening departures that provide convenient two-way connectivity to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
With the new flights and thanks to the airline’s codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia, business and leisure travelers will have access to connecting options on a single ticket to more than 80 routes on the growing domestic network. growth of Virgin Australia, according to Built.
“Etihad are delighted to be stepping up services to Melbourne and Sydney at the end of March, and this is the perfect time given the reopening of Australian borders and Etihad is celebrating 15 years of operations in Australia,” she said.
“Etihad’s combined twice-daily flights to Eastern Australia will strengthen vital trade and tourism links while providing customers with convenient travel options to Abu Dhabi and beyond to the rest of Etihad’s network.
“Nearly 900,000 travelers flew with Etihad to and from Australia in 2019, with Melbourne and Sydney both being among the best performing routes in the Etihad global network, and Etihad is confident that the market will continue to recover as as Covid-19 recedes,” Constructed said.