Etihad Airways is stepping up the number of special flights operating worldwide to and from its Abu Dhabi hub.

Frequencies on previously announced special services in May and June are being increased and new flights added.

Etihad will introduce a link to Sydney, allowing a direct connection to and from London via Abu Dhabi, in addition a Melbourne link.

Heathrow flights will run on May 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and June 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 15.

Dublin will gain four flights as the network of special flights expands to also include Belgrade, Geneva, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Toronto.

The carrier said it continues to follow UAE and international government, regulatory and health authority directives, “and is playing its part in helping to limit the spread of Covid-19”.

Etihad added: ”The airline has implemented an extensive sanitisation and customer safety programme and is practicing the highest standards of hygiene at every part of the customer journey.

“This includes catering, aircraft and cabin deep-cleaning, check-in, health screening, boarding, inflight, crew interaction, meal service, disembarkation and ground transportation, among others.”

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