The opening of the Athens-Abu Dhabi route is another milestone that marks the strong relations between the United Arab Emirates and Greece, Etihad Airway’s chief commercial officer, Peter Baumgartner, recently said at the airline’s first press conference in Athens.
As of last month Etihad Airways, the national airlines of the United Arab Emirates, conducts flights from Athens to Abu Dhabi three times a week, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
The new service departs Abu Dhabi at 9:15am and arrives in Athens at 1:05pm and from Athens airport return flights for Abu Dhabi depart at 2:30 pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 8 pm on the same day.
From October 2009 flights will increase to five services a week and then daily from the start of 2010.
Through Abu Dhabi Greek passengers can continue journeys to more than 20 destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Johannesburg.
The chief executive officer of Athens International Airport, Dr. Yiannis Paraschis, welcomed Etihad Airways emphasized that Etihad Airways’ new route connects Athens more effectively not only with Abu Dhabi but also with Australia, a tourist market that is developing in Greece.