Etihad Airways on Wednesday announced the addition of a second daily direct flight from its Abu Dhabi hub to Rome, effective from March 25.
The new service will take the total number of Etihad Airways’ flights on the route to 14 a week, the carrier said in a statement.
The additional frequencies will be introduced in phases, beginning March 25, with five extra weekly flights, rising to a twice-a-day service from May 1.
With the additional service, Etihad Airways’ frequency between Abu Dhabi and its two Italian gateways of Rome and Milan will increase from two flights to three flights a day.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways CEO, said: “Ensuring our guests have greater flexibility and more travel options is a focus for Etihad Airways. Since we launched the Abu Dhabi – Rome route in 2014, it has become one of our most popular services for business and leisure travellers. We are therefore delighted to further develop the route with additional services.”
Etihad Airways’ codeshare partner Alitalia has announced that it will discontinue the operation of its daily flight between Rome and Abu Dhabi from March 25. Alitalia will however continue to codeshare with Etihad and will also place its code on the new Etihad flights.
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