From May 15, Etihad Airways will operate a regular scheduled service from Melbourne to London Heathrow, it was announced today.
The carrier will also introduce services from London Heathrow to Melbourne from May 21. Both flights will operate via Abu Dhabi and flights will feature Business and Economy cabins.
The airline plans to maintain this link until it fully resumes its previous double daily connection between the two cities.
Etihad said it had implemented “an extensive sanitisation and safety program” on flights and at airports, and recommended face masks for travellers.
“The airline is practising the highest standards of hygiene at every part of the customer journey,” reads the airline’s statement.
“This includes catering, aircraft and cabin deep-cleaning, check-in, health screening, boarding, in-flight, crew interaction, meal service, disembarkation and ground transportation, among others.
“On board, we’ll make sure you are seated with as much space as possible between every guest, and we’ll offer our food and drinks service in line with important COVID-19 guidelines,” a statement on Etihad’s website said.
Passengers will remain on board at Abu Dhabi.
Additional safety and security measures will be in place at the destination and passengers will be required to self-quarantine, the airline said.
Etihad advises all customers wishing to travel on these services to check current entry regulations for both the United Kingdom and Australia.
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