Etihad Airways will expand its services to Italy with a daily flight to Venice Marco Polo Airport.
The new service will begin October 30 and will 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 twice daily services to Rome and Milan.
In addition, the new service will offer connections through Abu Dhabi’s hub to Australian cities Sydney and Melbourne, as well as select destinations in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Indian subcontinent, and eastern Asia.
Etihad Airways started flights to Milan in 2007, while Rome was added in 2014. Air travel between the counties has contributed to a strong trade relationship, with bilateral trade valued at $6.14 billion USD in 2015. The UAE Ministry of Economy has registered more than 90 Italian companies.
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.