Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus Codeshare Gains US Regulatory Approval

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Etihad Airways has received approval from the United States Department of Transportation to put its EY flight code on Aer Lingus transatlantic services out of Dublin, Ireland.

US regulatory approval follows last years signing of the interline and codeshare agreement between the two airlines.

Etihad Airways now offers 10 weekly codeshare flights via Dublin to Boston, 8 to Chicago, 12 to New York.

One of the benefits of the new codeshare services to New York and Chicago will be the ability to pre-clear US Customs and Border Protection in Dublin. This means Etihad Airways guests will effectively arrive into the US as domestic passengers.

Our strategic partnership with Aer Lingus continues to flourish and, as a result of US regulatory approval for transatlantic services, air travellers in the UAE and beyond now have greater access to the American market via Dublin, said Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways Chief Strategy and Planning Officer. Enhancing connectivity, making the journey easier and more enjoyable; increasing choice; and seamlessly integrating our operations with those of codeshare partners underpins our strategy for building our global network.

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, said, Customers connecting from Etihad Airways network onto Aer Lingus flights at Dublin will enjoy a seamless transfer and will be able to avail of Dublins US pre-clearance facilities. We look forward to welcoming Etihad Airways customers on board our transatlantic flights.

Etihad Airways already places its EY flight code on Aer Lingus flights between Dublin and Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Kerry, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Manchester and Stockholm.

In addition, the airline offers codeshare flights on Aer Lingus services from London and Manchester to Dublin, Cork and Shannon, from London to Belfast and from Cork to Amsterdam.

In return, Aer Lingus has placed its EI flight code on services operated by Etihad Airways between Abu Dhabi and Dublin, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Muscat and Sydney.

Etihad Airways holds a 2.987% equity stake in Aer Lingus.

The UAE carrier launched services to Ireland in July 2007 with an initial four flights per week, increasing to six and then moving to a daily service in March 2008. This was further increased to the current service of 10 flights per week in March 2010.

From July 2013, capacity will be boosted by more than one-third, with the introduction of a 412-seat Boeing 777-300ER on six of the 10 weekly Abu Dhabi-Dublin flights.

Etihad Airways carried more than 215,000 passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dublin in 2012, with the route again in the airlines top 10 most popular.

In addition to a premium lounge at Dublin airport, the airline operates an aircraft maintenance facility.

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