On June 12, Etihad Airways operated its first ever service from Abu Dhabi to San Jose in Costa Rica, which was a goodwill flight transporting Costa Rican citizens home.
The flight also comprised of humanitarian aid from the UAE to help Costa Rica in its fight against COVID-19.
Operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft, the flight also carried Dominican nationals who were returning from the UAE and were flown to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, before the service continued to Costa Rica.
Welcoming the flight were Costa Rican officials and diplomatic staff from the Embassy of the UAE in San Jose.
Etihad Airways has operated special humanitarian services to 34 cities around the world, all of which are not currently served by the airline’s passenger or cargo network of flights. These include Bogota, Havana, Santo Domingo, Bucharest, Grozny, Kiev, Larnaca, Podgorica, Tirana, Yerevan, Zagreb, Auckland, Bhubaneswar, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Dhaka, Erbil, Kabul, Lucknow, Makhachkala, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Banjul, Conakry, Freetown, Harare, Kinshasa, Moroni, N’Djamena, Niamey and Nouakchott.
The airline also recently operated special humanitarian flights carrying essential medical and humanitarian cargo bound for the Palestinian Territories.