Driving Abu Dhabi: Etihad’s codesharing and network expansion

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Etihad Airways continues its drive to boost Abu Dhabi as a global hub, adding a new codeshare partnership, and moving to boost its own network flight frequencies in the Middle East and India.

Etihad and Air Serbia have now entered into a strategic bilateral codeshare, aimed at enhancing connectivity for customers of both airlines across a range of destinations.

Under this partnership, Etihad’s customers gain convenient access to 12 Southeast European destinations through Air Serbia’s Belgrade hub, with nine destinations being new to Etihad’s extended network.

At the same time, Etihad will meet customer demand by adding more flights to key destinations across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

The enhancements are part of Etihad’s ambitious expansion of flights and frequencies to further boost Abu Dhabi’s global reach offering more flexible travel options for its guests.

Codeshare with Air Serbia

The conclusion of 2023 saw Etihad broker a couple of new codesharing agreements, firstly with Maldives national carrier Maldivian, and then with China Eastern Airlines; showing the UAE carrier is casting a broad net globally.

Under the latest alliance, Etihad’s customers now gain expedient access to 12 Southeast European destinations through Air Serbia’s hub in Belgrade.

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This collaboration not only further extends the reach of Etihad’s network but also introduces nine new European destinations to its itinerary, enriching the travel options available to passengers.

The essence of any codeshare agreement lies in simplifying the travel journey for guests. By enabling travelers to make a single booking encompassing both airlines and facilitating a seamless check-in process, the partnership ensures utmost convenience.

Moreover, the effortless transfer of baggage to the final destination enhances the overall travel experience, eliminating unnecessary hassles along the way.

Mutual Access to Networks

The collaboration is of course reciprocal in nature, with Air Serbia’s network becoming readily accessible to Etihad’s customers.

Travelers flying with Etihad can seamlessly connect to Air Serbia’s destinations from key gateways such as Athens, Milan, Rome, and Vienna, thereby expanding their travel horizons with enhanced flexibility.

Etihad Guest Programme

Central to this partnership is the Etihad Guest loyalty programme, which extends its benefits to members across both airlines’ networks. Whether it’s earning or redeeming Etihad Guest miles, passengers can leverage the perks offered by the loyalty programme to enhance their travel experience.

Commencing Operations

The codeshare agreement officially commenced operations from 30 January 2024, with flights scheduled to begin on 3 February 2024.

This will greatly boost connectivity, marked by enhanced travel options for passengers of both Etihad Airways and Air Serbia.

An Etihad Airways flight departs for Kolkata India
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Etihad: Expansion of Flight Offerings

In tandem with the codeshare partnership, Etihad Airways is committed to meeting customer demand by increasing flights to key destinations across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

With a significant 27% increase in weekly departures compared to the previous summer, the airline is poised to cater to the evolving needs of travelers.

Abu Dhabi & Growth: Etihad’s Expansion Plans

These enhancements underscore Etihad’s ambitious expansion plans aimed at bolstering Abu Dhabi’s global reach. By offering more flexible travel options and seamless connections, the airline seeks to elevate the travel experience for its guests while positioning Abu Dhabi as a premier travel hub.

At the same time, Etihad will meet customer demand by adding more flights to key destinations across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. The latest increase means the airline now offers almost 27% per cent more weekly departures than last summer.

The airline is increasing flights to Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Amman in Jordan, Beirut in Lebanon, as well as Colombo in Sri Lanka, and Kolkata and Bangalore in India.

The enhancements are part of Etihad’s ambitious expansion of flights and frequencies to further boost Abu Dhabi’s global reach offering more flexible travel options for its guests.

Etihad’s Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer Arik De said: “These latest flight increases aligned with our seamless and practical connections at Abu Dhabi and our growing global network offer our guests more opportunities to fly where they want to at a time that suits them.

“It also makes it easier to enjoy a fantastic visit or stopover in Abu Dhabi as an integral part of their journey.”

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Etihad continues its program to boost Abu Dhabi as a global hub; adding a codeshare agreement with Air Serbia and increasing flight frequencies.
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