On March 2, 2018, Etihad Airways will be launching three-times-weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in an effort to cater to growing demand.
The new route will be operated by a 136-seat Airbus A320, with 16 seats in business class and 120 in economy class.
Enthusing on the upcoming development was CEO, Etihad Airways, Peter Baumgartner: “The creation of the first ever air corridor linking the two capital cities demonstrates the importance of strengthening business, tourism and cultural ties between the UAE and Azerbaijan.
“The newest destination on Etihad Airways’ global network also reflects our commitment to linking Abu Dhabi with emerging markets that seek direct flights and onward connections to other parts of the world,” he added.
Making travel for UAE nationals seamless, Azerbaijan adopted a visa waiver programme in November 2015 and expanded it to other GCC nations in early 2016. This initiative stimulated a jump in travel from across the GCC to Azerbaijan.
Baumgartner added: “Based on the growth witnessed in recent months from the UAE and neighbouring Gulf countries to Azerbaijan, we are confident that the new route will boost traffic from the UAE, and in turn we look forward to welcoming Azerbaijanis on our flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond.”
Etihad Airways’ new Abu Dhabi-Baku flights are scheduled to operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.