Etihad Airways will launch a new transfer service linking 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia, via Abu Dhabi, from Wednesday, June 10.
The new services will make it possible for those travelling on the airline’s current network of special flights to connect through the UAE capital on to key destinations around the world.
Transfer connections via Abu Dhabi will now be available from Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, to major cities across Europe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Zurich.
Etihad has implemented a sanitisation and safety programme, which covers catering, aircraft and cabin deep-cleaning. It also is a factor across check-in, health screening, boarding, in-flight, crew interaction, meal service, disembarkation and ground transportation.
Guests travelling on Etihad Airways flights are required to wear a face mask throughout their journey.
The decision to resume transit flights through the UAE comes after the completion of a safety study by experts from the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the General Civil Aviation Authority.
Saif Al Dhaheri, a spokesman for the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, said comprehensive measures have been put in place to protect passengers and airline staff at every stage of their journey.
"Airport staff across the country have been thoroughly trained on precautionary measures, including the screening of passengers and dealing with suspected cases," said Al Dhaheri, who added that the move was "a new positive step in the gradual restoration of normal life".
Transit flights will resume at Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah international airports. The country's other airlines – Emirates, flydubai and Air Arabia, are all due to unveil flight schedules and other details, including safety procedures, in the coming days.
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