Etihad announced that it will place its own flight code on Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s two inaugural routes.
Starting July 9, 2020, Etihad Airways will place its EY code on Air Arabia Abu Dhabi tickets to Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport (HBE) and Sohag International Airport (HMB) in Egypt. The codesharing agreement will last until October 24, 2020.
Etihad stated that the airline plans to add more of its own flight codes on more of the low-cost carrier’s flights, as soon as the LCC expands its own flight schedule. Currently, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has indicated its plans to fly to the two aforementioned Egyptian airports, with two Airbus A320 aircraft based at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). Its inaugural flight is set to take off on July 14, 2020.
The codeshare partnership should not come as a surprise, as Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between Etihad and Air Arabia, a low-cost carrier based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.