Posted on: 13 January 2016 by Mark Howells
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation has approved the extension of a codeshare agreement between Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline, and Etihad Airways until 30 April 2022.
Maurizio Merlo, Etihad Regional’s CEO, explained, “We are delighted that the codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways has been approved and extended until 2022. This significant development is great for our business continuity as we continue to offer greater access from Switzerland to the Middle East and beyond. At the same time, it guarantees extended opportunities to boost local tourism in Ticino, Switzerland, through the Abu Dhabi- Lugano flight, via Geneva.”
Initially commenced on 29 March 2015, Etihad Regional places its F7 flight code on Etihad Airways’ operated daily flights from Zurich and Geneva to Abu Dhabi. In turn, Etihad Airways places its EY flight code on Etihad Regional’s operated flights between Geneva and Lugano, Zurich and Venice.
In conjunction with its global network partners Air Seychelles, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways provides onward connectivity through Abu Dhabi to destinations in the Gulf region, Indian Subcontinent, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Zurich and Geneva services also provide seamless onward connections to numerous points across Europe with airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Etihad Regional and Niki.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer, added, “We are pleased with FOCA’s decision to extend our codeshare with Etihad Regional, which offers our combined guests enhanced connectivity in and out of Switzerland, and to key global destinations via Etihad Airways’ extensive network.”