By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi carrier says Aegean Airlines will also launch service from Athens next March
Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest commercial airline.
The agreement will see Aegean Airlines launch a four times a week service between Athens and Abu Dhabi on March 30 2014 and, subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new flight.
Aegean Airlines will operate its new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft, a statement said.
Beyond Athens, Etihad Airways will also place its flight code on Aegean-operated flights to 16 Greek destinations, and to a further 10 cities across Europe.
In return, Aegean will offer new codeshare routes between Athens and seven destinations across the Gulf region, Australia and South Africa.
Dimitris Gerogiannis, Aegean Airlines managing director, said: "By partnering with Etihad Airways, Aegean gains access to the Gulf region and South Africa as well increasing connection opportunities to Australia. Aegean will also open up points on its network to Etihad Airways customers, and will enhance access to and from Greece via Abu Dhabi.
"I am confident Greek tourism and businesses will benefit significantly from this development, as will Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and one of the world's leading business and tourism destinations."
James Hogan, Etihad's president and CEO, said: "We started daily Abu Dhabi-Athens flights in June 2009, and since then, we have experienced strong demand year on year.
"The new Aegean-operated Abu Dhabi-Athens flight will complement Etihad Airways' existing daily operation between the two cities, enhancing access between Greece and the rest of our global network."For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.