Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air has entered into an interline agreement with Etihad Airways and said the deal will help it to widen its passenger reach and opens Cyprus to a wealth of 100-plus routes from Abu Dhabi to the East.
Cyprus originating passengers can book onward services via Abu Dhabi to the likes of Sydney, checking in their luggage at Larnaca Airport through to the final destination – but with two boarding cards.
Cobalrt Air said the arrangement gives it a stronger presence in the Middle East and Etihad has a connection once again to Cyprus, a route it stopped serving in its own right in 2014. Cobalt started flying to Abu Dhabi from Larnaca at the end of February this year with Airbus A320 aircraft.
Cobalt’s inflight experience was recently enhanced by the introduction of Bluebox Wow IFE on all aircraft.
Cobalt Air chief commercial officer, Paul Simmons (pictured above) said: “Cobalt is less than two years old and to be adopted as an interline partner by Etihad Airways, one of the biggest and most prestigious carriers in the world, is major recognition for us.
“We are delighted to start this exciting new relationship and offer Cyprus people more convenient connections beyond Abu Dhabi.
“We anticipate great demand year-round from the UAE for our beautiful Island and this new connection with Etihad opens the market up even more. UAE originating passengers can also fly onwards from Larnaca on our growing network.”