Etihad launches flights to Dublin

Etihad Airways will begin non-stop flights in August between Abu Dhabi
and the Irish capital Dublin.  Flying a three-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the new four times a week
service will link Ireland with one-stop connections to Sydney in
Australia and major cities in Asia, including Bangkok and Manila.

Bertie Ahern, the Prime Minister of Ireland, said: “Etihad is to be
complimented for taking this opportunity and I have no doubts that its
confidence will be rewarded.  This new route will mark a further
deepening of our relations with the Gulf region and Asia.” 


“I am particularly pleased that Irish travellers will have their first
one-stop travel option to Australia.” 



James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive, said: “This new air link
between the capital cities of Ireland and the UAE brings together two
thriving economies. It will also offer quick and easy transfers at Abu
Dhabi for Irish business travellers and holidaymakers to reach Asia and
Australia.  Plus, Abu Dhabi, as the capital city of the UAE, also opens
up the country’s seven emirates, including Dubai.” 


Declan Collier, Chief Executive, Dublin Airport Authority, said: “We’re
delighted to welcome and support this new service following many months
of detailed discussions between Etihad and the airport. The launch of
this high quality service underpins Dublin airport’s commitment to
developing new long-haul routes into and out of Ireland for business and
leisure travellers.”


Starting on 3 August, Etihad’s flight EY045 will operate Mondays and
Fridays, departing Abu Dhabi at 02.05hrs, arriving at Dublin at
07.35hrs. The flight returns the same day, with EY042 departing Dublin
at 10.15hrs, arriving Abu Dhabi at 20.35hrs. 


The second flight, EY041, will operate Saturdays and Tuesdays, departing
Abu Dhabi at 13.55hrs and arriving in Dublin at 19.25hrs. The return
flight, EY408, departs Dublin at 21.10hrs, arriving Abu Dhabi at
07.30hrs the following day.  All times are local.

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