Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) have reported significant growth in passenger volumes since the start of their codeshare partnership in November 2018.
The two airlines have flown a combined total of over 16,000 travellers following the partnership, solidifying their commitment to growing inbound business and tourism in their respective markets.
CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas stated: “The close and expanding partnership between Etihad and SAUDIA is giving us a unique opportunity to build on the deep ties that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. As the national airline of the UAE, this is a role we are extremely proud to play.
“With greater choice available, more flexibility across both our schedules and world-leading products and services, together, we now fly approximately 150 guests per day across each other’s networks. Our plan is to grow this number considerably through expansion of the codeshare agreement in the coming months and to deliver more benefits to our customers,” he concluded.
The codeshare agreement has seen ‘EY’ and ‘SV’ codes already placed on 14 routes, with the addition of Vienna, Austria, this week.
In the coming months, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on SAUDIA’s Tunis, Tunisia; and Sharm El Sheikh and Alexandria, Egypt, routes. Concurrently, SAUDIA will place its ‘SV’ code on Etihad flights to Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan; and Baku, Azerbaijan.
Phase two for the ‘EY’ code will include Algiers, Algeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Erbil. Meanwhile, phase two for the ‘SV’ code will include Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Moscow, Russia; Dusseldorf, Germany; Hong Kong; Kathmandu, Nepal; Lagos, Nigeria; Minsk, Belarus; Rabat, Morocco; Astana, Kazakhstan; and more points in India.
“By leveraging each of our networks, we are able to provide a wide array of choice and convenience that lends itself well for business and leisure travellers alike,” director general, SAUDIA, HE Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser remarked.
In other areas of cooperation, Etihad Airways Engineering has been collaborating with SAUDIA since last year in exchanging maintenance and facility support.