ETIHAD Airways has announced the debut of flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, with the new route to commence operations from 21 Nov 2018.
Barcelona will become EY’s second Spanish destination after Madrid, and will initially be served five times weekly using an A330-200, before moving to a daily operation from 31 Mar 2019.
EY ceo Peter Baumgartner noted that Barcelona was “one of the largest unserved markets from our Abu Dhabi base,” with strong trade links between the UAE and Barcelona’s Catalonia region.
He also highlighted the strong growth of cruising from Barcelona which is one of the busiest passenger ports in the world.
Abu Dhabi also last year welcomed more than 320,000 cruise tourists, with Baumgartner saying the new direct flight “will ensure Abu Dhabi remains a leading player in the region’s cruise travel ambitions”.