Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) welcomed the first flight of Aegean Airline from Athens. The 168-seat Airbus A320 received a water cannon salute on arrival.
The new service will operate four flights per week, with Aegean Airlines flight A3 0942 departing from Athens at 1900 and arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 0030. On the return, flight A3 0943 departs from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 0200, arriving in Athens at 0600. The flights operate directly between Athens and Abu Dhabi using an A320 aircraft with a two class configuration.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “With this new flight, we look to strengthen our links with major European cities.”
Aegean Airlines announced last year that it would enter a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways. The air carrier will add its ‘A3’ code to Etihad’s flights to Bahrain, Kuwait, Johannesburg, Sydney, Melbourne and from June, Perth in Australia. Similarly, Etihad Airways will add its ‘EY’ code to Aegean flights from Athens to 16 destinations in Europe.