Special flights to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 19 August 2020: Effective 21 August, Etihad Airways will operate a series of special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.

The flights can be booked 24/7 through Hala Travel Management, Etihad’s travel management arm, by calling +971 2 511 7777, or via email at support@htm.ae. Flights must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The mandatory documentation required will be collected and processed by Hala travel consultants.

Travellers leaving Abu Dhabi to India are required to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test result from a government accredited medical facility, received within 96 hours prior to departure. This negative result certificate will exempt the traveller from mandatory quarantine on arrival in India.

More information, including a list of approved clinics is available on www.etihad.com/destinationguide. Children under the age of 12 and people with mild to severe disabilities are currently exempt from this PCR test requirement, however rules may differ from state to state and travellers are advised to check before flying.

To help facilitate this process, Etihad Airways is collaborating with Mediclinic Middle East to offer departing travellers the option of convenient PCR testing, for a fee, at their home, or at Mediclinic facilities in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Dubai prior to their travel.

Travellers need to follow the Air Suvidha guidelines and fill in the Arrival Self-Declaration Form which is available online, or from the HALA travel consultants.

Fly Etihad and book rail, coach travel in Europe

tihad Airways has announced the expansion of its partnership with AccesRail, the world’s leading provider of air-rail intermodal solutions.

The partnership allows Etihad to use AccesRail’s expertise to enable its customers to book train and coach tickets in Europe in conjunction with their air fare using the airline’s online booking platform, or through their travel agency, the airline said in a statement on Tuesday.

Etihad’s guests can connect to and from their international flights to rail routes operated by major European railway companies using the airline’s ‘EY’ code. It includes an expanded network of seven rail routes on Germany’s Deutsche Bahn from Frankfurt Main Airport.

The partnership with AccesRail has also been extended to the United Kingdom to include 16 destinations westbound from London Heathrow on Great Western Railway, and subject to final government approval, to 28 cities across Italy on the country’s primary rail operator, Trenitalia.

The expansion will also see additional inter-city coach services in the United Kingdom operated by National Express to 28 major British towns and cities from London Heathrow, and five from Manchester Airport.

Etihad Airways has operated a similar agreement with France’s SNCF, providing codeshare services to 20 destinations on the French domestic rail network from the airline’s Paris gateway.

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