Abu Dhabi - Mubasher: Etihad Airways announced the gradual expansion of normal scheduled services to more cities across its global network following the relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Tuesday.
Yet, travel will remain subject to the entry and health regulations set by the UAE authorities and those at the destination.
Over July and August, the airline intends to fly to 58 destinations around the globe from its Abu Dhabi hub, subject to the lifting of international restrictions and the reopening of markets. The destinations will include major gateways in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
By August, the airline aims to operate nearly 45% of its pre-COVID capacity, the statement read.
Moreover, Etihad’s summer schedule will showcase a broader network and increased frequencies to the below destinations from, to, or via Abu Dhabi:
The Middle East and Africa: Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Kuwait, Muscat, Rabat, Riyadh, and Seychelles.
Europe: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Zurich.
North America: Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Washington DC.
Asia: Ahmedabad, Baku, Bangkok, Bengaluru, Chennai, Colombo, Delhi, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Jakarta, Karachi, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Male, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Thiruvananthapuram, and Tokyo.
Australasia: Melbourne and Sydney
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, 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."