UAE, Saudi national carriers expand codeshare deal
Under the new deal announced Saudia will add its code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 11 more destinations in nine countries
The national carriers of the UAE and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced an expansion of a codeshare agreement signed last year.
Etihad Airways and Saudia marked the first anniversary of their commercial partnership by announcing 12 new codeshare routes to key destinations in Asia and Europe, sister publication Arabian Business reported.
Since signing their agreement in October 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Madinah.
Under the new deal announced, and subject to regulatory approvals, Saudia will progressively add its code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 11 more destinations in nine countries Amsterdam, Baku, Brussels, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Phuket, Nagoya, Tokyo and Seoul, significantly extending its reach.
Tony Douglas, group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoy strong economic, diplomatic and cultural links, and the partnership between our two national carriers is a natural and productive extension of these ties.
“Since announcing our partnership at this time last year, we have jointly achieved more than 53,500 passenger journeys, five times the 11,390 for the whole of 2018. The increased collaboration we have announced today will deliver even more growth to both airlines, provide greater choice for our passengers and freight customers, and further strengthen the ties between our nations.”
Etihad Airways serves almost 80 destinations, including four in Saudi Arabia, while Saudia operates flights across four continents.