Etihad Airways has signed of a new codeshare agreement
with Aer Arann, of Ireland.
Under the deal, which is now in force, the Abu
Dhabi-based airline will place its two-letter ‘EY’ code on Aer
Arann’s regional flights from Dublin to Cork and Galway in Ireland
and also to the Isle of Man.
In turn, the codeshare agreement will give air
travellers in Ireland and the Isle of Man access, via Dublin, to
Etihad’s home base of Abu Dhabi and beyond it to nearly 50
destinations on the airline’s global network which covers the
Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive,
said, “Etihad Airways has developed a strong affinity with
Ireland, with Dublin quickly establishing itself as one of our
most popular routes, enjoying average seat factors during 2008 of
more than 80%.
Paul Schütz, Aer Arann’s chief executive, added,
“The importance of regional access within Ireland to major
international routes cannot be over-stated and this codeshare
agreement is a very significant addition to the infrastructure
supporting business and the economy in the Irish regions.
“Both business and leisure passengers can now
enjoy seamless travel from Cork, Galway and the Isle of Man to the
entire Etihad network.”
Etihad Airways strengthened its ties with
Ireland in March 2008 when it signed a two-year
sponsorship deal of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships.
In the same month, the airline also increased it flights to
Ireland to a daily service.
Etihad operates seven flights a week to Dublin.
Flight EY41 departs Abu Dhabi on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
and Sundays at 1.50pm and arrives in Dublin at 6.25pm the same
day. Return flight EY48 departs Dublin on the same days at 7.55pm
and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 7.20am the following day.
Flight EY45 departs Abu Dhabi on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays at 2.10am and arrives in Dublin at 6.45am
the same day. Return flight EY42 departs Dublin on the same days
at 9.00am and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 8.25pm the same day.
Aer Arann is a regional airline based in Dublin,
Ireland. The airline operated its first commercial flight in 1970.
The airline today operates more than 600 flights per week across
40 different routes between Ireland, France, and the United
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