Etihad Airways has announced the commencement of its flight operations to Barcelona. The national carrier of UAE celebrated this inaugural service with a special event at Capella dels Angels, a sixteenth-century Gothic building.

Initially, the Abu Dhabi-Barcelona route will be operated five times a week, and from March 31, 2019, it will be a daily service. The airline is deploying its two-class Airbus A330-200 on this route.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer Etihad Aviation Group, said, “We have been tremendously excited about the launch of this service and what better time to arrive here than the month Etihad celebrates its 15th anniversary.

He added, “Commercial and cultural links between the UAE and the Catalonia region are flourishing and Etihad is honoured to play a pivotal role in facilitating and enhancing the growth of trade and the strong demand for tourism. This is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the world, with something to offer the most discerning of travellers, and now for the first time, Abu Dhabi, our amazing home, is accessible from Barcelona with regular non-stop flights, featuring Etihad’s acclaimed inflight hospitality.”

The new Etihad flight service will offer smooth onward connections to major cities in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Australia.