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Etihad Airways today announced that its Abu Dhabi – Dusseldorf route will be operated 14 times a week with the addition of a new daily service, effective from 26th March.

The double daily schedule will provide greater choice for local passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and Dusseldorf, and increase connectivity to and from Germany via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub. Etihad Airways will also increase international connections through code-sharing with partner carrier airberlin via Dusseldorf.

The new mid-morning departure from Abu Dhabi and return overnight service from Dusseldorf will offer two-way connectivity to additional markets across Asia and Australia, including Brisbane, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phuket, Kathmandu and Seychelles. The extra daily frequency will provide further connections to popular destinations including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Mumbai and Delhi.

With the additional capacity, Etihad Airways’ frequency between Abu Dhabi and its three German gateways of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich rises from 35 to 42 services a week, ensuring consistency of double daily flights to each city. Partner carrier airberlin also currently operates twice-daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Berlin.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said, "Increased frequency to our key destinations globally is a focus for Etihad Airways as expansion ensures more travel options for guests looking for greater flexibility. We are therefore delighted to soon offer double daily options to all four German destinations on Etihad Airways and our strategic partner, airberlin."

Thomas Schnalke, Dusseldorf Airport CEO, added, "Etihad Airways is one of the world’s highest quality airlines, and with its new twice-daily service between Dusseldorf and Abu Dhabi, this clearly shows that the airline recognises the great significance of the Rhine-Ruhr region as an attractive destination with one of Europe’s strongest catchment areas.

"North Rhine-Westphalia is a key business region, home to many international companies, and it is hugely important to offer the best possible accessibility for business travellers from the Gulf. Abu Dhabi too is an excellent destination for both leisure and business, and promises to appeal even more for travellers from Dusseldorf and the neighbouring region with these new services."

airberlin, which operates a daily service between Dusseldorf and Abu Dhabi, has notified Etihad Airways of its decision to discontinue the route and redeploy the aircraft onto other markets from the beginning of the 2017 summer schedule. airberlin will continue to offer its Dusseldorf-based customers access to Abu Dhabi and beyond through code-sharing on Etihad Airways’ existing and new flights from the western German city.

Passengers booked on airberlin flights from Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi and beyond will be re-directed to services operated by Etihad Airways.