Alitalia will be adding a fifth weekly Abu Dhabi-Rome service, codeshared with Etihad, on June 13. The new flight will enable better connections between Europe and Australia, where Etihad has flights to three gateways. In addition, Virgin Australia codeshares with the UAE flag carriers to provide further connections with other Australian airports.
In Europe, via Alitalia’s Rome hub, passengers can connect to Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Milan, Munich, Sofia, Tirana, Venice, Vienna and Zurich.
Giancarlo Schisano, Alitalia deputy general director business, said that the direct link between the two national capitals, which was launched in December last year, had transported more than 17,000 passengers in the first four months. "The success of the flight is also due to the possibility afforded to Alitalia passengers to travel with Etihad Airways beyond Abu Dhabi to many codeshare destinations across Australia, South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Gulf States and South Africa.”
Alitalia (AZ) and Etihad Airways (EY) Rome-Abu Dhabi summer enhanced split schedule
Etihad has been aggressively expanding its global reach through codeshare partnerships and increased stakes in other airlines. Most recently, it has announced a new codeshare partnership with Air France (see story) and a US$380 million deal to attain 24 per cent share in Jet Airways (story here).