Etihad set to end Edinburgh route, but adds 2nd daily to Rome

posted on 4th April 2018 by Jordan Newton
Etihad set to end Edinburgh route, but adds 2nd daily to Rome

Etihad Airways is set to end its daily Abu Dhabi – Edinburgh route, according to a report on The Scotsman’s website.

The UAE carrier will reportedly stop running the service in October due to its poor performance, just three years after it was launched.

Etihad’s Edinburgh route is in direct competition with fellow Gulf airline Qatar Airways, which is set to upgrade to a larger Airbus A350 later this year.

Over the last 12 months, the carrier has been reviewing its route network and making adjustments. It has also pulled investments in Alitalia and Air Berlin in the last year.

Meanwhile, Etihad has this week celebrated the introduction of a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and the Italian capital of Rome. The inauguration ceremony took place at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport Fiumicino.

Flights on the Abu Dhabi – Rome Fiumicino route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Alitalia continues its codeshare partnership with Etihad and will also place its code on the new Etihad flights.

Etihad Airways general manager for Italy, Antontella Cataldi said: “Our additional flights demonstrate the importance of the strong economic ties between the UAE and Italy, and our continued support for the growth of bilateral trade between both countries.

“This will also make a positive contribution to the tourism industry in Italy and the UAE, offering greater choice to our business and leisure guests travelling between the two countries.”