Greece's Aegean Airlines and UAE carrier, Etihad Airways have signed a codeshare agreement, creating a partnership which will see Aegean Airlines commence a four times-weekly service between Athens and Abu Dhabi as of March 30, 2014.
Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new flight.
The UAE carrier will also place its flight code on Aegean-operated flights to 16 Greek destinations (Alexandroupolis, Chania, Chios, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kavala, Cephalonia, Corfu, Kos, Lemnos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, and Thessaloniki) and on a further 10 cities across Europe. In return, Aegean will offer new codeshare routes between Athens and seven destinations across the Gulf region, Australia and South Africa.
Managing director, Aegean Airlines, Dimitris Gerogiannis commented on the news: "By partnering with Etihad Airways, Aegean gains access to the Gulf region and South Africa as well increasing connection opportunities to Australia. Aegean will also open up points on its network to Etihad Airways customers, and will enhance access to and from Greece via Abu Dhabi.
"The combined proposition to business and leisure travellers has never been stronger. The award-winning service quality of both Aegean and Etihad Airways will guarantee the best possible travel experience. I am confident Greek tourism and businesses will benefit significantly from this development, as will Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, and one of the world's leading business and tourism destinations," Gerogiannis enthused.
President and CEO, Etihad Airways, James Hogan also said: "We started daily Abu Dhabi-Athens flights in June 2009, and since then, we have experienced strong demand year on year. The new Aegean-operated Abu Dhabi-Athens flight will complement Etihad Airways' existing daily operation between the two cities, enhancing access between Greece and the rest of our global network.
"Our customer proposition will also be further strengthened as we will soon be able to place our flight code on Aegean flights to popular Greek destinations)," he added.
The Aegean-operated European destinations that will carry an EY flight number include: Vienna, Prague, Rome, Venice, Warsaw, Bucharest, Madrid, Tirana, Sofia and Larnaca.
Aegean Airlines plans to place its A3 flight code on Etihad Airways-operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens, Bahrain, Kuwait, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.