Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi to Barcelona
Etihad Airways launched flights from its home base of Abu Dhabi to Barcelona on 28 November. Pictured at the cake cutting ceremony in Barcelona are: Sonia Corrochano, Airport Director; Damià Calvet, Territory and Sustainability Territorial Services at Catalonia Goverment; Tony Douglas, CEO, Etihad Airways; Mohamed Alshamsi, UAE Consul in Barcelona; Xavier Mayo, Economic Promotions at Barcelona Council; and Cristian Bardají, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The MEB3 carrier will operate the 5,175-kilometre sector five times weekly using its fleet of A330-200s.
Etihad Airways commenced flights from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona on 28 November. Pictured shaking hands before the inaugural flight in Abu Dhabi were: Robin Kamark, CCO, Etihad Aviation Group; H.E. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain in UAE; and Tony Douglas, CEO, Etihad Airways. No other airline links the two airports directly.
- Etihad Airways launched flights between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Barcelona (BCN) on 28 November. The Spanish city becomes only the second new destination to be added to the MEB3 carrier’s network in 2018, with it having launched operations to Baku back on 2 March. The airline will operate the 5,175-kilometre connection five times weekly using its fleet of A330-200s, however it should be noted that the carrier used one of its newer 787-9s on the inaugural flight. No other airline presently operates the city pair, with the Abu Dhabi-based operator becoming the final MEB3 airline to operate into Barcelona after Emirates and Qatar Airways. Barcelona becomes Etihad’s 21st destination in Europe after Amsterdam, Athens, Baku, Belgrade, Brussels, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbu Atatürk, London Heathrow, Madrid, Manchester, Milan Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow Domodedovo, Munich, Paris CDG, Rome Fiumicino and Zurich based on OAG data. It should be noted that during the past year the airline has ended flights from Abu Dhabi to Edinburgh, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Venice Marco Polo in Europe.