Etihad Airways is planning to resume a regular service between the UK and Australia.

The service will be recommenced starting on May 15 with a regular scheduled service from Melbourne to London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi.

Then from May  21, services from London Heathrow to Melbourne via Abu Dhabi will also be reintroduced.

The flights will be operated using a B787-9 with economy and business cabins.

The airline plans to maintain this link until it fully resumes its previous double daily connection between the two cities.

Etihad advises all customers wishing to travel on these services to check current entry regulations for both the United Kingdom and Australia.

Schedule (all timings are local):

Melbourne – London Heathrow* via Abu Dhabi effective 15 May

Flight     Origin    Departs Destination         Arrives   Frequency

EY463    Melbourne          21:45     Abu Dhabi           05:55+1               Friday

EY19      Abu Dhabi           07:15     London LHR        11:50     Saturday

London Heathrow* – Melbourne via Abu Dhabi effective 21 May

EY20      London LHR        13:20     Abu Dhabi           23:25     Thursday

EY460    Abu Dhabi           00:45     Melbourne          20:15     Friday

Note that Etihad has temporarily moved its operations to Terminal 2 at London Heathrow.

Etihad says it has implemented an extensive sanitisation and customer safety programme and is practicing the highest standards of hygiene at every part of the customer journey.

This includes catering, aircraft and cabin deep-cleaning, check-in, health screening, boarding, inflight, crew interaction, meal service, disembarkation and ground transportation, among others.

You can read more about the general measures airlines are taking here:

Airlines emphasise cleanliness and hygiene in fight against coronavirus

Customers holding tickets issued through travel agents should contact them directly.

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