Etihad has announced that it is increasing its network of worldwide destinations to 29 cities from Wednesday, July 1.
As it stands, the UAE's national airline is flying to 20 destinations, including New York, Dublin and Jakarta.
It will add nine more cities to its schedule in early July, and has said that it hopes to add more flights from Thursday, July 16. As of Sunday, June 28, the airline suspended passenger services from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi, however it is still flying passengers to Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
"We hope to increase our destinations from July 16, and continue to work closely with the UAE Government and global aviation authorities to ensure we keep you connected the best we can," an update from the airline said.
Which destinations is Etihad flying to?
As of July 1, Etihad will fly to the following destinations:
Islamabad – Note: Pakistan to Abu Dhabi passenger services suspended
Karachi – Note: Pakistan to Abu Dhabi passenger services suspended
Lahore – Note: Pakistan to Abu Dhabi passenger services suspended
Flying from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi
On Sunday, June 28 Etihad confirmed that services from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi had been suspended. The airline had included three cities in Pakistan, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore on its July route map.
"With immediate effect, Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend its passenger services from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi until further notice," an Etihad spokesperson said in a statement. "This precautionary measure is being taken to limit the spread of Covid-19, and does not currently affect Etihad's passenger services into Pakistan from Abu Dhabi."
UAE travel regulations
Strict travel regulations remain in place in Abu Dhabi to curb the spread of Covid-19. Upon arrival in the emirate, passengers must self-isolate for 14 days.
The airline also specifies: "Due to government restrictions across our network, you will only be permitted to carry a personal item on board, such as a handbag, backpack or laptop bag. This can weigh up to 5kg. You may check in your remaining cabin baggage before you fly for free. This applies if you are flying in Economy, Business or First.
"Our lounges in Abu Dhabi remain closed, and we’re working to reopen them as soon as we can."
Etihad continues to operate repatriation flights to transport travellers trying to get back to their home countries. See here for The National's complete guide to repatriation flights.