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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad launches price war with Qatar Airways

UAE carrier is offering special fares to passengers flying from Doha, via Abu Dhabi, to its network of global destinations

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad launches price war with Qatar Airways
Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways (left), and James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways (right).

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways has launched a special worldwide promotion on flights from Doha, with fares starting from QAR830 ($227) and priced considerably lower than national rival Qatar Airways.

The six-day global sale, which began in Qatar on Saturday, January 23 and will end on Thursday, January 28, covers airfares to destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, London, Sydney, Los Angeles and Dusseldorf and covers economy and premium classes.

"Etihad Airways operates 4 daily flights between Doha and Abu Dhabi, which enable travellers from Qatar to connect to the airline’s numerous destinations across the world," the UAE carrier said in a statement.

"Our guests travelling to the US can take advantage of the unique US Preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi which has helped simplify and expedite travel. It allows guests to clear US immigration and customs in Abu Dhabi Airport. On reaching the US, guests will be treated as domestic arrivals, which allows for faster processing at their arrival airport," it added.

According to comparison website Dohop.com, an economy return flight from Doha to Paris, leaving Monday, January 25 and returning Thursday, January 28, costs QAR2720 with Qatar Airways, while Etihad (with a stopover in Abu Dhabi) is a third cheaper at QAR1812. Similarly, an economy flight from Doha to London on the same dates is priced at QAR3120 on Qatar Airways, while Etihad is 25 percent cheaper at QAR2,340.

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