Antonella Cataldi, Etihad Airways General Manager Italy and Federico Scriboni, AdR Head of Airline Traffic Development, flanked by Etihad Airways cabin crew.
Antonella Cataldi, Etihad Airways General Manager Italy and Federico Scriboni, AdR Head of Airline Traffic Development, flanked by Etihad Airways cabin crew.

Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and Aeroporti di Roma (AdR), celebrated the introduction of a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and the Italian capital. The inauguration ceremony took place at the innovative E boarding area for international flights at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport Fiumicino.

Flight EY 85 was greeted with a welcoming cake cutting ceremony by representatives of Etihad Airways and AdR upon arrival in Rome Fiumicino.

Antontella Cataldi, Etihad Airways General Manager Italy, said: “We are extremely proud of having increased the number of flights that connect Rome with our Abu Dhabi hub. Our additional flights demonstrate the importance of the strong economic ties between the UAE and Italy, and our continued support for the growth of bilateral trade between both countries.  This will also make a positive contribution to the tourism industry in Italy and the UAE, offering greater choice to our business and leisure guests travelling between the two countries.”

“We are pleased to welcome the launch of Etihad Airways’ second daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome Fiumicino,” added Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development of AdR. “This reinforces the presence of the airline in Rome, highlighting the strategic role played by the Roman market, and caters to the demand for destinations not currently served directly from Rome, such as Australia, which are now accessible seamlessly via Abu Dhabi. Leonardo da Vinci is becoming an increasingly popular gateway, renowned for its excellent services, and boasting a large number of the world’s major international airlines.”

Flights on the Abu Dhabi – Rome Fiumicino route will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – equipped with 28 Business Class and 384 Economy Class seats – and Airbus A330-200 aircraft – featuring 22 Business Class and 240 Economy Class seats.

Alitalia continues its codeshare partnership with Etihad and will also place its code on the new Etihad flights.

Etihad Airways commenced operations to Italy in September 2007 with the introduction of the daily service between Abu Dhabi and Milan Malpensa and added a daily service to Rome Fiumicino to its route network in 2014.

Flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and Rome from 25 March 2018:

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY 83 Abu Dhabi 08:45 Rome 13:00 Daily Boeing 777-300
EY 84 Rome 22:00 Abu Dhabi 05:50 +1 Daily Boeing 777-300
EY 85 Abu Dhabi 02:35 Rome 07:05 Daily* Airbus A330-200
EY 86 Rome 11:15 Abu Dhabi 19:20 Daily* Airbus A330-200

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

+ denotes next day

*Flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 30 April 2018. Starting from 1 May 2018, the frequency will become daily.

About Etihad Aviation Group:

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the Etihad Aviation Group is a diversified global aviation and travel group with a business model driven by partnership and an innovative approach to growth. Etihad Aviation Group comprises five business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates; Etihad Airways Engineering; Etihad Airport Services; Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners.

About Etihad Airways:

From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to 100 international passenger and cargo destinations with its fleet of 115 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003, and in 2017 carried 18.6 million passengers.

About Aeroporti di Roma:

Aeroporti di Roma, an Atlantia Group company, manages and develops the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino and carries out other activities related and complementary to airport management. Fiumicino operates through three passenger terminals. It is dedicated to business and leisure customers on national, international and intercontinental routes; Ciampino is mainly used by low-cost airlines, express couriers and for General Aviation activities. In 2017, ADR recorded, as an airport system, 46,9 million passengers with over 230 destinations worldwide that can be reached from Rome, thanks to around 100 airlines operating at the two airports.