ABU DHABI 9 October 2020: Etihad Airways is offering federal government employees up to 15% off flights with the launch of its UAE Government Employee Travel Programme.
Travellers who enrol into the programme for free will be able to check in at Abu Dhabi International Airport using a dedicated counter and will receive 15kg additional baggage allowance. When travelling to the USA or Canada, travellers can bring an extra bag weighing up to 23kg in Economy and up to 32kg in Business and First class.
Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Etihad Airways said: “We are delighted to partner with the UAE Government to offer its employees exclusive travel discounts, benefits and rewards. Whether booking for business or leisure, we hope this new travel programme will encourage more residents to start flying again.”
Additional benefits include up to 10% off Etihad Holidays packages and access to exclusive discounts with preferred partners.
To join, federal government employees must be members of Etihad Guest, the airline’s loyalty programme. Visit etihadguest.com/UAEGov to enrol.
PCR test included in Etihad ticket prices
Until 31 December 2020, Etihad Airways is offering PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China.
The airline is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy process can be booked directly with Life Dx.
Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice President Medical Services, said: “This is a significant development which allows Etihad to provide greater ease of travel for those departing from Abu Dhabi, by removing as much inconvenience from the PCR testing process as possible. This follows on perfectly from the recent introduction of complimentary Covid-19 insurance cover on all Etihad Airways tickets.
Etihad strongly advises all travellers to visit www.etihad.com/destinationguide for detailed information on country-specific PCR testing requirements, lists of applicable medical testing facilities, and entry regulations.
Travellers flying to China from Abu Dhabi are subject to specific testing protocols and can only use SEHA testing facilities. They must show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from a government approved testing facility within 48 hours prior to departure, for approval to board.
For all other travellers leaving the UAE from Abu Dhabi, a negative Covid-19 PCR test result will be required within 96 hours prior to departure. Those travelling to Morocco will also require an lg antibody test.
For those who wish to book their tests separately, Etihad Airways is also collaborating with SEHA and Mediclinic Middle East, to offer departing travellers the option of convenient PCR testing, for a fee, at their home, or at selected facilities in the UAE prior to their travel.