Air Berlin strengthens links to Abu Dhabi

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Air Berlin is to double frequency on its route from the German capital to Abu Dhabi.

The carrier – in which Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways holds a 29% stake – will operate a second daily flight between the cities from 26 October.

Additionally, Air Berlin and Etihad are set to expand their codeshare agreement last this month to cover six Indian destinations served by the Abu Dhabi carrier: Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi.

Air Berlin says travellers in India will benefit from improved connections to “destinations across Germany and Europe, such as Austria and Switzerland as well as the Nordics or Poland”, adding: “They can easily reach cities like Copenhagen, Krakow, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw.”

The German carrier is the sole operator between Berlin and Abu Dhabi, having opened the route in January 2012. It flies an A330-200 on the route. The aircraft is configured with 19 seats in business class and 279 in economy.

With the boost in frequency, Air Berlin and Etihad will between them operate 56 flights per week between Germany and Abu Dhabi, including twice-daily connections from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. Onward connections are offered from Abu Dhabi to 43 destinations spanning the Gulf, North Asia (Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo), Southeast Asia (Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur) and Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney).

Air Berlin says it plans to further expand its Etihad codeshare to cover services to the Australian city of Perth and Korean capital Seoul.