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UAE’s Etihad Regional to pull out of UK airport

Short-haul carrier to cease flights from Cambridge to four key European destinations

UAE’s Etihad Regional to pull out of UK airport

Etihad Regional, the Switzerland-based carrier 33.3 percent owned by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, is to halt flights to four international destinations from its UK hub in Cambridge.

The operator, which was previously known as Darwin Airline prior to the Etihad investment and rebranding, began flying to four European destinations in September last year from Cambridge Airport.

Marshall Group, the airport’s owner, said that Etihad Regional’s flights to Paris, Milan, Amsterdam and Geneva would end by the start of April. However, a service to the Italian city of Verona will begin in May, according to BBC News.

The report said that services were ceasing as part of a “temporary suspension” due to lack of demand.

A spokesperson for Etihad Regional in Switzerland did not immediately respond to Arabian Business’ request for comment on the matter.

Etihad announced the acquisition of its shareholding in Darwin at the Dubai Air Show last November. Under the deal, all of Darwin’s turbo-prop planes will be rebranded with the Etihad Regional livery, but will continue to be operated by the Lugano-based carrier.  The airline serves close to 50 regional destinations across Europe and feeds into Etihad’s long-haul network via a series of codeshare agreements.

The deal is the first time that Etihad has applied its branding to any of the airlines that it has an equity stake in, which include Air Serbia, Jet Airways, Aer Lingus, Air Berlin and Virgin Australia.

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