Etihad announces twice-daily flights from Dublin to Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways is to introduce a second daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi, and will move its operations to Terminal 1.
The year-round service, which increases frequency on the route to 14 flights a week, will commence on April 1, 2017. Currently, Etihad offers two flights a day from Dublin in summer, and one a day during its winter schedule.
The additional daily service will operate on a wide-bodied Airbus A330-200 aircraft with both business and economy class cabins.
The Dublin flights will leave at 9.30am and 7.10pm.
Etihad has also announced its intention to switch its Dublin operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 as of January 24, 2017. The decision comes as a result of improvements to passenger and retail facilities at Dublin Airport, it says.
In recent years, daa has invested millions in an upgrade of facilities at T1, including an €8 million reboot of its Loop shopping area.
As well as access to Abu Dhabi itself, the extra Etihad service will connect outbound business and leisure passengers with onward departures to Australia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa and Japan, among other destinations.
The increased frequency should also boost inbound tourism, with Tourism Ireland estimating 65,000 visitors travelled from the UAE to Ireland in 2015, representing an 18pc growth over the previous year.
Etihad first began flying from Dublin Airport in 2007.