Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is the airline’s 71st destination. It will be connected to the airline’s hub and home base in Abu Dhabi initially by four non-stop return services per week, rising to a daily service in mid-April 2012. The route will be served by an Airbus A330-300 series aircraft, in a three-class configuration.
James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “The new Düsseldorf services will connect the capital of the UAE with the Düsseldorf catchment area – the second largest in Europe outside of London – which also includes the eastern part of the Netherlands. Düsseldorf and the region is an exciting destination too for inbound business and leisure travellers from Abu Dhabi and beyond. By growing direct point to point traffic between the two cities, we look forward to strengthening ties between the capital of the UAE and Germany.”
Etihad Airways currently operates daily flights to and from Abu Dhabi via Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and twice weekly from Peshawar and they will be connecting both ways with the new German destination.