Etihad Airways and Air Europa recently inked a code-share agreement, thereby enhancing access to and from Spain, UAE and to global destinations.
As per the agreement and subject to regulatory approvals, Air Europa plans to commence a three times a week direct service between Madrid and Abu Dhabi in late 2014. Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new Airbus A330 operated flights. Etihad Airways will also initially place its code on Air Europa-operated flights to Madrid from Amsterdam, Brussels and Milan Malpensa and beyond Madrid to Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.
In return, Air Europa will place its UX flight code on Etihad Airways flights from Amsterdam, Brussels and Milan Malpensa to Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said: “The new route will support growing trade volumes between UAE and Spain, up 75% over the last three years. It will also introduce more Spanish business and leisure travellers to Abu Dhabi, not to mention, make access to Abu Dhabi, Madrid and other destinations easier.”
The launch date of the new Madrid-Abu Dhabi service will be confirmed in the coming weeks.