Etihad Cancels Abu Dhabi-Moscow Route Expansion

Etihad Cancels Abu Dhabi-Moscow Route Expansion
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It has been revealed that Etihad Airways’ planned expansion of services between Abu Dhabi and Moscow has been cancelled.

Such alterations have been made as the carrier prepares for the upcoming Winter 2023/24 scheduling.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Etihad Cancels Abu Dhabi-Moscow Expansion…

Etihad Cancels Abu Dhabi-Moscow Route Expansion
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As per information from, effective from October 29 this year, the planned winter seasonal increase from seven weekly to 10 weekly will not go ahead.

There is no reason given for this on the site, or by Etihad at this present time, but this could be down to the equipment change being made.

Between October 24-November 30, the equipment changes from the Boeing 787-9 to the -10 variant, allowing more capacity per flight.


This would in effect reduce the need for the additional weekly flights.

Of course, this is all subject to change, and decisions could be made by Etihad closer to the time that the Moscow routes will return to 10x weekly.

All Part of Overall Global Changes…

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Earlier this month, the airline has announced other global network additions and changes, which go beyond Moscow.

Etihad Airways is also contributing significantly to Abu Dhabi’s economic and tourism growth. By ramping up flight frequencies to essential international destinations, the airline is enhancing accessibility and fortifying Abu Dhabi’s standing as a global travel hub.

Notable examples include Cairo, where an additional five flights per week will bolster the connection between Abu Dhabi and the Egyptian capital.

Similarly, Colombo will witness an increase in direct flights per week, further enhancing travel options to this dynamic destination.

The Maldives will also experience an uplift with an additional seven flights per week, underscoring Etihad’s dedication to fostering enhanced connectivity.

Changes in network scheduling also includes adjusted departure times for European and Asian destinations, ensuring a seamless travel experience for passengers.

Additionally, increased frequencies to various key destinations such as Chennai, Islamabad, Kochi, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Rome, and Phuket offer travelers more choices and enhance overall connectivity.

Overall, Etihad is making important changes, including on the Moscow service, which will ultimately provide the best operational capability and revenue capture moving forward.

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