Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will launch daily scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv, the economic and technological center of Israel.
The launch of flights follows the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two nations, and the signing of the Abraham Accords between the U.A.E. and Israel in Washington D.C. on September 15. A month later, Etihad became the first GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Tel Aviv on October 19, 2020.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, chief operating historic moment and as an airline, cements Etihad’s commitment to growing opportunities for trade and tourism not just between the two countries but also within the region and beyond.”
The new service effective from March 28, 2021 will provide greater choice and convenience for point-to-point business and leisure travelers between the U.A.E. and Israel. It will not only promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi but will also give Emiratis and U.A.E. residents the opportunity to discover Israel’s historical sites, beaches, restaurants and nightlife.
Departures will be timed to connect via Abu Dhabi to key gateways across the Etihad network including China, India, Thailand and Australia.
Flying to, from and via Abu Dhabi is being supported by the “Etihad Wellness” sanitization and safety program, which ensures the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at every stage of the customer journey. This includes specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, who have been introduced by the airline to provide essential travel health information and care on the ground and on every flight, so guests can fly with greater ease and peace of mind. More information on the stringent measures being taken by Etihad Airways to provide a healthy and hygienic travel experience is available at etihad.com/wellness.