Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.
The new service will begin from October 30 and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy. Together with Alitalia, its codeshare and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.
Etihad’s Venice flight will offer convenient travel times for guests travelling between the UAE and the Italian city. In addition, the new service will offer seamless connections through Abu Dhabi’s hub to the popular Australia routes of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as key destinations in the GCC, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Asia.
Alitalia currently operates the Venice to Abu Dhabi route in code share with Etihad Airways and has decided to redeploy its aircraft on its international network from the 2016 winter schedule. Alitalia will codeshare on the new Etihad flight, maintaining access to Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways’ global network for its Venice-based customers.
Venice, renowned for its picturesque bridges and canals, is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, while Italy is the world’s 5th most visited country — with over 50 million international arrivals in 2015, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).