Etihad Airways has revealed that it will be boosting its services to Italy with a brand new daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.
Scheduled to begin on October 30 this year, the new service will be operated by an Airbus A319, boasting 16 seats in business class and 90 in economy.
In collaboration with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer a total of 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s Venice flight will offer passengers convenient travel times when travelling between the UAE and the Italian city. Meanwhile, the new service will also offer seamless connections through Abu Dhabi’s hub to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, as well as key destinations in the GCC, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.
Chief strategy and planning officer, Etihad Airways, Kevin Knight remarked: “Launching our service to Venice further supports a very popular passenger route between Italy, our Abu Dhabi hub and onwards throughout Etihad Airways’ growing network, as far afield as Australia. Together with our codeshare and equity partner Alitalia, we are also strengthening the significant trade relationship between Italy and the UAE.”
Alitalia currently operates the Venice-Abu Dhabi route through a codeshare with Etihad Airways and has decided to redeploy its aircraft on its international network from the 2016 winter schedule. Alitalia will codeshare on the new Etihad flight, maintaining access to Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways’ global network for its Venice-based customers.