By Gavin Gibbon
First flights between two countries scheduled for take-off on November 26
Etihad Airways and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have relaunched their codeshare partnership, with the first flights scheduled for departure on November 26.
The agreement will see Etihad place its EY code on PIA services to and from Abu Dhabi to the Pakistani cities of Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.
While PIA will place its ‘PK’ code on Etihad services from Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore to Abu Dhabi and vice versa, and also onwards from the UAE capital to Amsterdam, Bahrain, Colombo Chicago, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, Washington D.C, and Zurich. And ‘subject to government approval’, to Amman, Athens, Brisbane, Melbourne, Nairobi, Rome and Sydney.
Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “The UAE and Pakistan share strong historical, commercial and cultural links and this partnership with PIA, one of the oldest and most experienced airlines in Asia, is a natural progression for both carriers.
“It enables us to cater to the strong customer demand for both point-to-point business and VFR travel between the UAE and major cities in Pakistan, and to provide seamless travel options for the large Pakistani diaspora around the world, connecting through our hub in Abu Dhabi.”
Etihad Airways has been serving Pakistan since November 2004, and currently operates two daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad, 11 weekly flights to Lahore, and a daily service to Karachi.
Nausherwan Adil, chief commercial officer of PIA, said: “The relationship between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates has always been a strong one and we feel proud to be working closely with our friends at Etihad Airways.”
PIA has been operating services to Abu Dhabi for more than three decades, and today flies seven weekly flights each from Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.For all the latest transport 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.