Etihad Airways is continuing to rebuild its post-coronavirus network, and plans to serve 58 destinations during July and August.
The Gulf carrier said that the move followed “the easing of travel restrictions by UAE regulatory authorities on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents”.
UAE residents were permitted to travel abroad from June 23, while Dubai reopened its doors to international tourists this week, although the move has yet to be replicated by other parts of the UAE.
The following routes will now be served from Abu Dhabi over the next two months:
- North America: Chicago, New York JFK, Toronto and Washington DC
- Europe: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, London Heathrow, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome and Zurich
- Middle East and Africa: Amman, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Kuwait, Muscat, Rabat, Riyadh and the Seychelles
- 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 news Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group said that by August the carrier was aiming to operate “approximately 45 per cent of our pre-Covid capacity”.
“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,” said Douglas.
“Over the last few months, we have seized every opportunity to improve our processes, review our product offering, and to undertake the biggest fleet maintenance programme in our history. We are tremendously grateful to our customers and partners for their continued loyalty.”
Last month Etihad unveiled a team of new ‘Wellness Ambassadors’ as part of its expanded health and hygiene programme in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a video detailing the travel experience that customers can expect with the carrier in the post Covid-19 era.