Throughout June, Etihad Airways will operate special flights linking 20 cities (previously announced destinations) across Asia, Europe and Australia via Abu Dhabi.
“Our home is in the sky, and we’re coming back to it. Fly via Abu Dhabi to 20 destinations across Europe, Asia and Australia. Our new transfer network starts from 10 June”, they tweeted.
Transfer connections via Abu Dhabi will now be available from Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo to major cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Zurich.
“The new transfer services will make it possible for those traveling on the airline’s current network of special flights to connect easily through the UAE capital onwards to key global destinations,” the airline announced on Thursday. This move will make it possible for travelers to reach the key destinations of the world via Abu Dhabi.
“Airport staff across the country have been thoroughly trained on precautionary measures, including the screening of passengers and dealing with suspected cases,” said Al Dhaheri, spokesman of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority who added that the move was “a new positive step in the gradual restoration of normal life”
The airline has implemented an extensive sanitization and customer safety program 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. All passengers of Etihad are required to wear masks throughout their journey.
Etihad has recently launched its health and hygiene campaign, “Etihad Wellness” built on its stringent safety measures and which can act as a customer guide. Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said:
“Providing for our guests, and their wellbeing, is one of Etihad’s core values, and we have a responsibility to protect them, to keep them fully informed, and to provide even greater levels of genuine warmth and personal care. We must guarantee they can travel assured in the knowledge that we have every aspect of their journey with us covered, while still providing a top-quality travel experience. The Wellness Ambassadors will play an important role in delivering this. For us it is not simply about dealing with a new normal – this level of genuine and innovative customer care has always been part of Etihad’s DNA since our inception.”
The UAE government had announced the decision to let national carriers Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia resume flights via Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah airports earlier this week. The flight schedules and safety protocols of other airlines are expected to be unveiled soon.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention and the General Civil Aviation Authority had conducted a complete safety study before it approved the flight to resume from UAE.