Etihad Airways and Aerolíneas Argentinas have
signed a codeshare agreement.
Under the agreement, Etihad Airways customers
are able to enjoy convenient connections via Rome and Madrid to
Buenos Aires (EZE) and onwards to nine other popular Argentinian
destinations – Córdoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), Iguazú
(IGR), Salta (SLA), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Bariloche (BRC), Trelew
(REL) and Ushuaia (USH).
In turn, Aerolíneas Argentinas guests can have
access to Etihad Airways’ network of over 100 destinations from
its Abu Dhabi hub via the Italian and Spanish capitals.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive
Vice President Commercial, said, “This codeshare demonstrates the
importance of Argentina as a vital travel market for Etihad
Airways in Latin America given the growing tourism, cultural and
business opportunities that exist between the UAE and Argentina.
We wish to give travellers flying Aerolíneas Argentinas the
opportunity to enjoy the acclaimed service and hospitality for
which Etihad Airways is renowned throughout the world. This
codeshare will make the experience that much easier.”
Codeshare agreements enable travellers to enjoy
benefits such as baggage check-in to their final destination and
extra assistance during connections. Members of both airlines’
loyalty programmes – Etihad Guest and Aerolíneas Plus – will also
be able to earn and redeem miles on the codeshare flights.
Diego Garcia, Aerolíneas Argentinas Chief
Commercial Officer, said, “This is a very good opportunity to
consolidate and increase our offer to one of the most important
hubs in the Middle East. It also allows us to improve our load
factors, optimise the use of the fleet and strengthen the image of
Aerolíneas Argentinas in the Asian market. We hope that this
agreement will also be the gateway for many tourists to visit some
of the most attractive landmarks in our country.”