Etihad to launch daily services to Vienna
The route is expected to boost inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi
The UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways has announced it will launch daily services to and from Austria’s Vienna.
The service will initially operate with four weekly flights between May 22 and June 30.
Facilitated by a two-class Boeing 789-9 Dreamliner, the carrier said the service will help boost inbound tourism to the UAE capital, as well increase the number of business and leisure travellers in the two hubs.
After June 30, operations will be increased to daily flights between July 1 and August 31, then to five times weekly between September 1 and November 30 and then daily onwards from December 1.
Etihad Aviation Group chief commercial officer Robin Kamark said: “Vienna is the largest unserved market from Abu Dhabi and the announcement of this route brings the number of our European passenger destinations to 22. Austria is an important trade and tourism partner for the UAE and the new flights will enable us to take advantage of the increasing business and leisure demand between the two countries.”
Kamark added: “Trade between the UAE and Austria is strong and there are approximately 180 Austrian companies operating in the emirates. Tourism has been increasing in both directions with Austria becoming an increasingly popular year-round destination with UAE nationals and residents, attracted by the centuries old culture, breath-taking scenery, and famous ski resorts. Vienna itself has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city. We are delighted to be initiating a direct service between both capitals in time for the summer.”