As travel restrictions ease, the Abu Dhabi–based airline plans to ramp up its global network next month.
The UAE’s national carrier has been operating limited repatriation flights to and from Abu Dhabi throughout the coronavirus crisis, with this month seeing the launch of special transfer flights linking 20 cities in Europe, Asia, and Australia via its home base. These operations are set to continue until June 30.
According to a statement, Etihad will restart scheduled passenger services in July to the following destinations, subject to local operating conditions:
East and Southeast Asia: Bangkok, Beijing (Daxing), Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo
Australasia: Melbourne, Sydney
South Asia: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Islamabad, Karachi, Kochi, Lahore, Mumbai
Middle East and North Africa: Amman, Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Manama, Muscat, Riyadh
Europe: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London (Heathrow), Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris (CDG), Zurich
North America: Chicago, New York (JFK), Toronto
Existing government restrictions mean that travelers flying Etihad must have their cabin baggage checked in. Passengers in all cabin classes will only be allowed to carry one personal item—such as a handbag, backpack, or laptop bag—weighing up to five kilograms.
Etihad has waived change fees for flights booked before June 30, 2020, for travel until November 30, 2020. The carrier is also offering travel vouchers for customers to redeem future flights and upgrades from August 1, 2020 onward. Available in increments of US$250 up to a maximum of US$65,000, the vouchers are valid for two years from the date of purchase, and those bought before June 25 will come with an additional 50 percent cash bonus.
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