Etihad 'did not end Aer Arann codeshare'
Etihad has revealed how it was reluctant to end its codeshare with Irish regional carrier Aer Arann.
From March 25, Aer Arann is operating all of its services between Ireland and the UK, France and Isle of Man under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.
An Etihad spokesperson said: "Etihad Airways did not terminate the agreement with Aer Arann; in fact we were happy to maintain the codeshare while Aer Arann remained a scheduled carrier in its own right.
"However Aer Arann’s decision to move its network under the Aer Lingus regional franchise from the commencement of the summer schedule means that all Aer Arann flights will be operated with Aer Lingus flight numbers and governed by Aer Lingus’s own commercial agreements – so Aer Arann will not be able to support the Etihad Airways codeshare."
The airline announced the codeshare agreement with the Irish carrier in January 2009.
It was designed to provide its passengerss with greater access to destinations in Ireland. The Abu Dhabi airline placed its two-letter ‘EY’ code on Aer Arann’s regional flights from Dublin to Cork and Galway in Ireland and also to the Isle of Man.
In turn, the agreement gave air travellers in Ireland and the Isle of Man access, via Dublin, to Etihad’s global network.
For more information, visit etihad.com
Report by Dominic Ellis
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