By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi-based airline will begin service to Italian holiday hotspot from October 30
Etihad Airways has announced plans to expand its services to Italy later this year with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.
The new service will begin from October 30 and will be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy.
Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan, the Abu Dhabi airline said in a statement.
Venice, renowned for its picturesque bridges and canals, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, while Italy is the world’s 5th most visited country - with over 50 million international arrivals in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Etihad Airways started flights to Milan in 2007 before Rome was added to the network in 2014, contributing to a strong trade relationship between the UAE and Italy.
Bilateral trade was valued at $6.14 billion in 2015 and the UAE Ministry of Economy has registered more than 90 Italian companies.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer, said: “Launching our service to Venice further supports a very popular passenger route between Italy, our Abu Dhabi hub and onwards throughout Etihad Airways’ growing network, as far afield as Australia. Together with our codeshare and equity partner Alitalia, we are also strengthening the significant trade relationship between Italy and the UAE.”
Alitalia currently operates the Venice to Abu Dhabi route in codeshare with Etihad Airways and has decided to redeploy its aircraft on its international network from the 2016 winter schedule.
Alitalia will codeshare on the new Etihad flight, maintaining access to Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways' global network for its Venice-based customers.