Coronavirus: Etihad operates flights from Abu Dhabi to 29 destinations from July 1
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways is operating flights from Abu Dhabi to 29 worldwide destinations starting from July 1, according to the airline’s website.
The airline said those flights will operate between July 1-15, and that it was working with the UAE government global aviation authorities to increase its network of destinations from July 16 onwards.
The UAE said mid-June that it will start allowing residents and citizens to travel to some “low risk” countries from June 23, after the country had suspended in March all passenger travel in and out of it as part of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Here is a list of Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to international destinations between July 1-15:
Amsterdam: Up to 3 times weekly
Athens: 2 times weekly
Bahrain: Up to 2 times weekly
Barcelona: Up to 4 times weekly
Brussels: Up to 3 times weekly
Colombo: 2 times weekly (July)
Dublin: Up to 3 times weekly
Geneva: Up to 3 times weekly
Istanbul: 2 times Weekly
Jakarta: 5 times weekly
Kuala Lumpur: 4 times weekly
Madrid: Up to 3 times weekly
Manila: Up to 4 times weekly
Melbourne: 5 times weekly
New York: Weekly
Singapore: 4 times weekly
Sydney: Up to 3 times weekly
Tokyo Narita: 3 times weekly
Zurich: Up to 5 times weekly
We're continuing to connect you to more destinations on our special transit flights, with services to 13 European cities from early July. Find out more at https://t.co/gQBmNPRE3O pic.twitter.com/DmFvOggb7f— Etihad Airways (@etihad) June 23, 2020
Changing flight bookings
Etihad also said that if travelers booked their flight before August 31 to travel any time until November 30 2020, they can change their flight for free.
They can either cancel their trip and save it for later with Etihad Credit. The airline will reward the travelers with "up to $400 and up to 5,000 Etihad Guest Miles," and they can travel any time before October 31 2021.
Or they can rebook their trip at a time that suits them – even if it's to a new destination that Etihad flies to.
Flying on Etihad aircraft amid coronavirus
Etihad Aiways said the following about coronavirus related precautions:
"It is compulsory to wear a face mask whilst you travel. You must wear your face mask whilst you are at the airport, on board the aircraft and when you arrive at your destination."
"Remember to wash your hands thoroughly at regular intervals and follow social distancing guidelines carefully at all times."
"From 30 hours before your flight, you can check-in and choose your seat online or via our app. To help us follow social distancing guidelines as closely as possible, some of our seats are unavailable. If you can’t find the seat you would like, we’ll be happy to help you at the airport."
"Check-in at the airport opens three hours before your scheduled flight time. Your boarding pass will be ready to collect when you arrive."
"Temperature screening is in operation in Abu Dhabi Airport, and you’ll be asked to wait two meters from other guests at all queuing points."
"Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our lounges in Abu Dhabi are closed."
"On board, we’ll make sure you are seated with as much space as possible between every guest, and we’ll offer our food and drinks service in line with important COVID-19 guidelines."