Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi adds new flights as Emirates eases travel restrictions

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People walking in front of Etihad Airways headquarters in Abu Dhabi with a photo from Reuters archive.

DUBAI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Tuesday it will resume flights to more destinations after the UAE relaxed travel restrictions this month for residents and citizens.

The Abu Dhabi government-owned federation said it planned to expand its network to 58 destinations by August, including Washington, DC, Mumbai and Dusseldorf.

A spokeswoman said in June the airline was flying to 29 destinations.

The airline has been boosting the number of flights gradually since last month when a ban on services including the suspension of passengers in the Emirates to change planes, or to fuel the aircraft, was lifted.

On Tuesday, Dubai reopened its borders to foreign visitors after the UAE border was closed in March to limit the spread of the Corona virus. Dubai’s decision to allow entry of foreign visitors in other emirates of the country has not been implemented.

The UAE, which has recorded 52 thousand and 68 cases of coronavirus and 324 deaths, intends to carry out new corona virus tests on two million people during the next two months after the rate of infection rises again in the wake of the easing of restrictions.

Prepared by Mahmoud Salama for the Arab Bulletin – Edited by Nadia El-Goely

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