Travel boost: Etihad Airways goes double daily on Abu Dhabi to New York

by James Wilkinson

Etihad Airways is upping the ante on flights from Abu Dhabi, UAE to New York City, with the carrier doubling flights to the Big Apple in the New Year.

From April 24, 2023, the airline will fly twice a day, seven days a week, on the Abu Dhabi – New York route, providing a total of 14 weekly nonstop services to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

The flights will be operated with both Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, two of the most efficient in the world, with significantly less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin aisle aircraft.

“Etihad is responding to customer demand for increased frequency to New York and our well-known reputation for high-quality customer experience,” said Etihad Airways Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, Martin Drew.

“Boosting our flights to New York gives our guests even greater options across key business and leisure destinations in our expanding global network.

“Our guests travelling to the US can use our US pre-clearance facility, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East.

“This allows passengers bound for the United States to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they board, avoiding immigration queues on arrival in the US.”

The increased frequency gives customers going to the US access to connections beyond New York, to and from 47 destinations throughout the Americas, with Etihad’s codeshare partner, JetBlue.

The news comes as Etihad unveils further growth in its global network with the relaunch of flights to Kolkata as well as offering travellers improved access to the Indian Subcontinent and GCC region.

With 14 flights per week to New York-JFK, and daily services to Chicago and Washington, Etihad will offer a total of 28 weekly services this summer between Abu Dhabi and the United States.