Etihad expands Brussels Airlines codeshare

Etihad Airways is growing its European reach with the expansion of a codeshare with Brussels Airlines.

The agreement with the Belgian carrier now includes services to the French regional cities of Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.

These are in addition to Brussels Airlines’ services to Barcelona, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Madrid, Oslo and Stockholm, on which Etihad Airways already codeshares.

The Gulf carrier’s president and chief executive James Hogan said: “This adds three very popular destinations to the Etihad Airways network, and opens up more of Europe for our customers.

“This expansion is as a natural next step in what has been a very successful partnership since 2006, and we look forward to continuing to work with Brussels Airlines to also enable passengers from various points on their network to travel to Abu Dhabi and further afield.”

Etihad operates eight weekly Abu Dhabi-Brussels flights in a two-class aircraft configuration.

The airline owns nearly 30% of Europe’s sixth largest carrier airberlin and 40% of Air Seychelles.

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