Etihad pulls outs of Dallas following American decision to cancel codeshare

Etihad pulls outs of Dallas following American decision to cancel codeshare

Etihad Airways has announced the suspension of its Abu Dhabi–Dallas/Fort Worth route, effective March 25th next year.

The move comes after the route became commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with the airline.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief executive, said: “The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and Dallas/Fort Worth.

“We are open to American Airlines reversing its decision to cancel our codeshare agreement so that Etihad Airways can continue the route and together protect and support American national interests and global connectivity while driving commercial value for both airlines.”

Etihad Airways has invested heavily in the DFW route since its launch in December 2014.

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The route commenced with three flights a week and was upgraded to a daily service in February 2017, providing travellers in the US and across the airline’s network with access to more US cities through American Airlines’ primary hub.

More than 235,000 travellers have flown on the route since its launch.

Almost half of Etihad Airways’ DFW customers connect on US codeshare flights operated by American Airlines.

Baumgartner added: “The cancellation of the Dallas route is one of several adjustments that we are making to our US network in 2018 in order to improve system profitability.

“Further changes are possible as we monitor the full impact of the American Airlines codeshare cancellation on summer 2018 bookings.”