Eti­had Air­ways to launch flights to Azer­bai­jan

Ser­vice to start three times a week in March 2018…

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Eti­had Air­ways has an­nounced plans to launch sched­uled flights between Abu Dhabi and Baku, the cap­i­tal of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan, ef­fec­tive 2 March 2018.

The ser­vice will be op­er­ated three times a week on Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day, us­ing a 136-seat Air­bus A320, con­fig­ured with 16 seats in Busi­ness Class and 120 in Econ­omy. Azer­bai­jan in­tro­duced a visa waiver pro­gramme for UAE na­tion­als in Novem­ber 2015 and ex­panded it to other GCC na­tions in early 2016. This prompted a surge in travel to the coun­try and to Baku, on the Caspian Sea.

Pe­ter Baum­gart­ner, Eti­had Air­ways chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, said: “The cre­ation of the first ever air cor­ri­dor link­ing the two cap­i­tal cities demon­strates the im­por­tance of strength­en­ing busi­ness, tourism and cul­tural ties between the UAE and Azer­bai­jan.

“The new­est des­ti­na­tion on Eti­had Air­ways’ global net­work also re­flects our com­mit­ment to link­ing Abu Dhabi with emerg­ing mar­kets that seek di­rect flights and on­ward con­nec­tions to other parts of the world.

“Based on the growth wit­nessed in re­cent months from the UAE and neigh­bour­ing Gulf coun­tries to Azer­bai­jan, we are con­fi­dent that the new route will boost traf­fic from the UAE, and in turn we look for­ward to wel­com­ing Azer­bai­ja­nis on our flights to Abu Dhabi and be­yond.”


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