Etihad Airways customers around the world will
soon be able to fly to a host of new regional airports within the
UK, following the signing of a new codeshare agreement with Flybe,
one of the biggest regional airlines in Europe.
The new deal will also give air travellers in
the UK greater and easier access to the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s
rapidly expanding network of more than 55 destinations.
Under the deal, Etihad will place its two-letter ‘EY’ code
on a number of services operated by Flybe between Paris, Frankfurt
and Manchester and 35 regional airports within the UK. In turn,
Flybe will place its ‘BE’ code on Etihad’s flights between the
same three destinations and its Abu Dhabi home base.
Etihad Airways currently flies directly from Abu Dhabi to two
destinations within the UK – a three-times-per-day service to
London Heathrow and a daily service to Manchester. The new
codeshare agreement with Flybe will give Etihad customers access
to several regional airports in the UK, including Southampton,
Birmingham and Belfast.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad
Airways’ chief commercial officer, said, “The UK is a key market
for Etihad Airways and one which we are extremely keen to develop
further. Flybe is a well-established and well-run operator with
great reach within UK and mainline Europe.
gives air travellers access to a range of regional destinations
within the UK previously unavailable to them, while also giving UK
fliers greater and much easier access to Etihad’s own expanding
operates flights to 180 destinations across 13 countries. The
airline's largest base is Southampton Airport with other bases at
Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast City airports.
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