Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Baku
Etihad Airways commenced flights to Baku on 2 March, with the route officially being opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub. Among those conducting the cutting was Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner (third right). The carrier will operate the city pair three times weekly on its A320s.
- Etihad Airways added Azerbaijan to its network on 2 March, the day which saw the MEB3 carrier inaugurate flights between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Baku (GYD). Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways, said of the new service: “We are tremendously excited to be launching scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Baku, the only scheduled service linking the two capitals. There is strong demand from both markets for a direct, full-service operation on the route, and we have responded to this increasing customer requirement. The new flights will further boost traffic from the UAE and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations. The visa waiver programme introduced for UAE nationals by Azerbaijan in 2015 has greatly stimulated interest in the country, resulting in a surge of visitors since its implementation.” The UAE-based airline will operate the 1,835-kilometre connection three times weekly on its A320s, with no other carrier presently serving the city pair. Although it does not serve the route, Azerbaijan Airlines does have a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways on the new service. MEB3 competition comes from Qatar Airways which already flies to Baku non-stop twice-daily from its Doha hub, an airport which is featured this week. Although Emirates does not fly to Baku, flydubai does serve the city three times daily, with the former carrier having a codeshare on the route. See how Baku Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.