Etihad Airways and Gulf Air have signed a codeshare partnership for travel commencing with the summer schedule.
This follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two carriers at the Bahrain International Airshow in November last year and further strengthens the strong ties between the two countries and carriers.
Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Gulf Air flights from Bahrain to and from Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Casablanca, Dhaka, Faisalabad, Larnaca, Malaga, Multan, Najaf, Peshawar, Sailkot and Tbilisi.
Gulf Air will place its ‘GF’ code on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to and from Bahrain, Brisbane, Chicago O’Hare, Jakarta, Lagos, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York JFK, Sydney and Washington.
Guests who are travelling to the USA with Etihad will be able to enjoy the preclearance facility offered at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The purpose-built facility that allows US bound passengers to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they depart.
Etihad Aviation chief executive officer (CEO), Tony Douglas said: “This partnership reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to working closer with Gulf Air following the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year.
“The signing today is a great example of how two flag carriers can enhance the experience of our guests by providing a greater choice of destinations and world-leading inflight service and Arabian hospitality.”
Gulf Air CEO, Krešimir Kučko added: “Customers of both airlines will now have more options to fly to more destinations and explore new cities across our networks. The relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates has always been a strong one and we feel proud to be part of history by working closely with our friends at Etihad Airways.”
Gulf Air currently operates four return daily flights between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi while Etihad operates three return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.