Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to launch a scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and
Barcelona, Spain, effective 21 November 2018.
The route will
initially be operated five times a week with a two-class Airbus
A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019.
Barcelona will become the second city in Spain
served by Etihad Airways, complementing the airline’s existing
daily service to the capital, Madrid.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer
Etihad Airways, said, “As one of the largest unserved markets from
our Abu Dhabi base, Barcelona - a hub of culture, commerce,
tourism, education, fashion and science, has witnessed a
significant increase in travel demand from the emirate, and from
across our wider network. We are now delighted to announce the first
direct link between these two important global hubs. We are
confident it will prove very popular with UAE and Barcelona-based
customers, allowing us to extend our acclaimed inflight service,
hospitality and flair to this vibrant Mediterranean city, and to
build on the flourishing cultural and commercial ties between the
UAE and Spain.”
The Catalonia region is immensely popular with
business and leisure travellers alike. With 7.5 million
inhabitants, beautiful mountain scenery and a 214 kilometre
Mediterranean coastline, the region is rich in natural parks and
Barcelona is one of the world’s most visited
cities, famed for its unique culture, Gaudi architecture, history
and cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Trade between the UAE and the Catalonia region
has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, with food,
chemicals, motor vehicles, energy and pharmaceuticals being the
main industrial sectors.
Barcelona has recently been ranked by the
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as the
city which hosted the most international association meetings in
the world in 2017, overtaking Paris, Berlin and Vienna to claim
first place for the first time since 2004.
Etihad Airways will
increase frequency to the city to meet passenger demand for the
Mobile World Congress, which takes place from 25-28 February 2019.
Barcelona is one of the busiest cruise ports in
the world and an important source market of cruise traffic for
Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi has also emerged as one of the leading
cruise destinations in the Persian Gulf region, with over 329,105
cruise tourists visiting the city during the 2017 season.
Etihad Airways operates an extensive codeshare
partnership with Air Europa (UX), on the Spanish airline’s
scheduled services from Madrid to Barcelona and 18 other major