Cobalt’s inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi was greeted with a water arch salute when it landed on the morning of the 26 February, having left Larnaca the evening before. The carrier will operate the 2,332-kilometre route three times weekly. Along with Abu Dhabi, Cobalt also serves Beirut and Tel Aviv to the East of its home hub.
- Cobalt has arrived in the UAE, with the airline starting a three times weekly link to Abu Dhabi (AUH) from Larnaca (LCA) on 25 February. Flights, which will be flown on A320s, will leave Larnaca on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 22:10, landing into the capital of the UAE at 04:10 the following morning. Return services will then see a 05:10 departure from Abu Dhabi on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, landing back into Cyprus at 07:30 the same day, with the early arrival into Larnaca poised to allow for seamless connections onto Cobalt’s new link to London Heathrow which starts 27 March. The latest route from Cobalt will also allow for a short transfer for passengers arriving from Heathrow who will then travel onwards to Abu Dhabi. Dan Cappell, Acting CCO at Abu Dhabi Airports, commented on the arrival of Cobalt by saying: “We are delighted to welcome a highly competitive and efficient airline, such as Cobalt, to our network of airlines. Travellers from Abu Dhabi will now enjoy the great connectivity this carrier has on offer to key global destinations, through the welcoming island of Cyprus.” No other airline currently links Larnaca to Abu Dhabi non-stop, however Emirates does already serve the Cypriot airport from its Dubai hub. Abu Dhabi becomes the most easterly destination for Cobalt, with it also serving Beirut and Tel Aviv which are situated East of Larnaca. The carrier is currently on a major expansion drive, with further launches to Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Mykonos and Heathrow, expected towards the opening of this year’s summer season from Larnaca. See how Abu Dhabi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.