Etihad expands repatriation flights

Etihad Airways B787-9

Etihad expands repatriation flights. The airline has announced special flights in addition to its previously announced list of cities it would operate to. It has been operating special as well as cargo flights.

Etihad had recently announced it would be using its passenger aircraft for cargo services. The airline is also supporting ‘UAE food security program’ which is part of the previously announced plan to utilise belly hold for transporting cargo.

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Operation of special flights

Etihad at the start of the month said it would operate regular services to Seoul and to other destinations pending government approval. The destinations it had planned to operate to were Melbourne, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Jakarta and Amsterdam pending government approval.

Etihad expands repatriation flights
Etihad Airways at its base Abu Dhabi Photo: Etihad Airways

The airline says this will give an opportunity for citizens of other nations to get back to their home nation. This is because there are several travel bans and restrictions present globally. In certain cases the airline had repatriated UAE citizens and carried fresh produce on the flight back to Abu Dhabi.

The airline said until now these services have covered destinations such as USA, Australia and Sri Lanka. The airline now has announced additional flights to a number of destinations.

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Additional special flights

The airline has announced a series of special flights to Brussels, Dublin, London-Heathrow, Tokyo-Narita and Zurich. These flights are to help stranded citizens from other countries to get back to their country of origin.

FlightOriginDestinationDep.Arr.DatesAircraft
EY19Abu DhabiLondon Heathrow6:5511:3016, 17, 18 April787-10
EY73Abu DhabiZurich9:0013:3017 and 19 April787-9
EY57Abu DhabiBrussels8:3513:3017 and 19 April787-9
EY878Abu DhabiTokyo21:4012:4514, 17 and 20 April787-9
EY45Abu DhabiDublin11:2016:3515, 20 and 22 April777-300ER
Schedule of newly announced flights

These flights are in addition to the destinations announced previously in Amsterdam, Jakarta, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul and Singapore.

FlightOriginDestinationDep.Arr.FrequencyAircraft
EY77Abu DhabiAmsterdam14:2519:35Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat787-10
EY460Abu DhabiMelbourne18:0013:15Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri787-9
EY876Abu DhabiSeoul ICN18:458:15Tue, Thu, Sat787-10
EY470Abu DhabiSingapore22:2010:00Tue, Sat787-10
EY424Abu DhabiManila15:5505:00Tue, Thu, Fri787-9
EY474Abu DhabiJakarta14:502:35Thu787-10
Schedule of previously announced flights

Conclusion

Etihad Airways is expanding its operation of repatriation flights in addition to its cargo expansion. The airline is also set to use its passenger aircraft for cargo service. This comes at a time when fellow airline Qatar has already been operating several repatriation flights to transport passengers across to their countries.

In addition to this it also allows the airline to operate aircraft which would else have been grounded and make some positive revenue.

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