Etihad Airways, PIA in codeshare tie up

Etihad Airways, PIA in codeshare tie up

Etihad Airways will place its EY code on PIA flights between Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Abu Dhabi.



By Staff Report

Published: Tue 30 Jun 2015, 10:50 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:46 PM

Abu Dhabi — Etihad Airways and PIA have signed a codeshare agreement to provide travelers with enhanced connections to the two countries and beyond.

Etihad Airways will place its EY code on PIA flights between Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Abu Dhabi. In return, PIA’s PK code will be placed on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore; and the PK code will also be added to Etihad Airways’ flights from Abu Dhabi to many of the global destinations operated by Etihad Airways. Flights can be booked from June 30, 2015 via travel agents or through the airlines’ sales offices and contact centers. The first travel date will be July 27, 2015. This will facilitate travelers with a choice of more than 70 destinations.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer, said: “Our unique partner strategy has been highly successful. There is a long and proud history of travel between Abu Dhabi and cities across Pakistan, and this new codeshare agreement will make that experience, as well as travel onwards to Africa, Europe, and the US, that much easier.”

Khurram Mushtaq, director of marketing for Pakistan International Airlines, termed it as “a great opportunity for PIA to join hands with Etihad Airways, connecting Pakistan to the UAE and around the globe, and expanding reach to more destinations for the convenience of valued passengers.”

Etihad Airways and PIA are also exploring options to offer members of their respective frequent flyer programs, Etihad Guest and Awards+Plus, reciprocal earn and burn for miles when using codeshare flights.

All passengers flying on Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to the US are processed through the US Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi Airport, which means they pass through all US immigration and customs checks in Abu Dhabi and arrive in the US as domestic passengers.

— haseeb@khaleejtimes.com


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