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