Etihad to start flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar from Abu Dhabi
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Etihad to start flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar from Abu Dhabi

Etihad to start flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar from Abu Dhabi

The carrier will start the thrice-weekly flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town on November 25, and to Zanzibar the following day

Etihad cape town Johannesburg zanzibar

Etihad Airways said on Thursday that it would start flights to three destinations – Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa as well as Zanzibar – from Abu Dhabi in November.

To mark the announcement, it has launched a sale on fares to these three destinations, valid until midnight on October 6, 2021. The sale price of return fares start from Dhd995 in Economy and Dhs3,995 in Business class.

The carrier will start flights to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, from November 25. Simultaneously, it will launch flights to Cape Town. Both destinations will operate thrice weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Flight Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY 602 Abu Dhabi 02:00 Johannesburg 08:15 Monday Thursday Saturday Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
EY 602 Johannesburg 09:35 Cape Town 11:45 Monday Thursday Saturday Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
EY 601 Cape Town 15:30 Johannesburg 17:40 Monday Thursday Saturday Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
EY 601 Johannesburg 19:00 Abu Dhabi 05:05 +1 Monday Thursday Saturday Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

The new service to Zanzibar meanwhile will operate from November 26. The scheduled flights will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays on the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

Flight Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY 637 Abu Dhabi 02:00 Zanzibar 07:00 Tuesday

Friday

Sunday

Airbus A320
EY 638 Zanzibar 22:30 Abu Dhabi 05:05 +1 Tuesday

Friday

Sunday

Airbus A320

The three new additions to Etihad’s network mean the UAE’s national carrier will be operating to 70 destinations across 47 countries.

“Johannesburg is an important route on our network and offers vital connectivity to and from the southern African region. On the southern coast, Cape Town is a breathtaking part of the world, with something to offer the most discerning traveller. Likewise, the beautiful island of Zanzibar will complement our network to the Maldives and Seychelles,” said Tony Douglas, group CEO of Etihad.

Earlier this week, the airline confirmed that it would upgrade its Seychelles service from four to five weekly flights from October 7, as well as operate seven additional services between October 15-24, to coincide with the half-term holidays.

While Seychelles is on Abu Dhabi’s green list, South Africa and Zanzibar are currently not on it.

Read: Abu Dhabi scraps quarantine for vaccinated travellers arriving from abroad

Vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors coming from green destinations must take a PCR test on arrival in Abu Dhabi without needing to quarantine, and undergo another test on day 6, if staying in the emirate.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and repeat PCR tests on days 6 and 9. Those arriving from other destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and undergo another PCR test on day 9.

All travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will be required to present a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of departure, before boarding for Abu Dhabi.

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