Etihad Airways: From pandemic losses to an upward growth trajectory

Tests on arrival but no pre-departure PCR tests needed for travelers to Abu Dhabi

With Covid, 19 cases on the declining trends, the UAE government is easing travel restriction, as of 26februrary, 2022. Following the UAE government’s relaxation, Etihad Airways, the second flag carrier of UAE after Emirates, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has made an important announcement. The Government of UAE is keen to resume business to pre-pandemic levels and has been supporting and encouraging people to visit UAE relaxing strict travel protocols.

Following government guidelines, it has made the following announcement for travelers before boarding the Etihad Airways flight to UAE. 

1) It has been announced that those fully vaccinated individuals who will fly with Etihad airways to UAE will no longer be required to present negative PCR results to the board flight. 

2) Secondly, those who have recently been infected with the covid 19 virus should have a Covid 19 recovery certificate issued within 30 days of departure. They, too, will not require a negative PCR test to board the flight.

3)Thirdly, the category of children under the age of 16 will be exempted from the PCR test to board the flight to Abu Dhabi with Etihad airways.

4) Those travelers who don’t fall under any of the above categories will require negative PCR results within 48 hours, easing traveling again.

However, on arriving at Abu Dhabi International airport, all arriving passengers will undergo a PCR test once at the airport. If it comes negative, it’s okay; otherwise, the passenger has to follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines and remain quarantined until the negative results come. There will be no need for any follow-up PCR tests later. 

5) The travelers who are transiting the UAE will not require any Covid 19 vaccination certificate or adverse PCR test reports unless your destination country needs it. The government has been supportive of travelers.

Note: It is noted that the Covid19 certifications required during the airport transition should have valid QR codes scanned at times when needed.

Having a scanned copy of the certificate makes it hassle-free and easy for authorities and passengers to travel. In addition, it makes the process less clumsy and environmentally friendly by reducing paper wastage.

Abu Dhabi Skyline

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Earlier in 2020-21, flying with Etihad during the pandemic requires all the passengers to have negative PCR results. But not anymore with the current relaxation of the government travel restrictions in UAE. The result can be seen on the Airways too, relaxing travel restrictions.

During the pandemic year of 2020-21, Etihad airways too faced losses. Since then, it has been making conscious decisions to cover up losses under the leadership of Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Airways. But with current government relaxations across the world, travel will most likely be resumed to pre-pandemic levels.

Tony Douglas, Chief Executive officer of Etihad Airways, is optimistic about recovering losses from the 2020 pandemic and is ahead of their target plan of returning profits in 2023. He has said the restructuring of etihad airways venturing into cargo activities in 2021 has helped recuperate losses held when the pandemic hit the world in 2020. In addition, expanding operations into freight services worldwide helped Etihad airways to cover up the losses it faced during the pandemic.

Douglas says things seem to get normalized now as the world opens up; Australia has opened up from the most strict Covid 19 restrictions. Likewise, Abu Dhabi has eased restrictions for international travelers. So finally, there is an air of optimism as the case has slowed down and the world is opening up.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, commented: “In another year of global uncertainty, Etihad Airways has continued to move forward, strengthen its business, and build on its world-class travel proposition. As always, this has been thanks to our remarkable people who have gone above and beyond to make the most of every opportunity. Despite the slowdown caused by Omicron, we are confident that the spring and summer season will continue to see a resurgence in travel as more people return to the skies.”

The restrictions have been lifted gradually from different parts of the world. As a result, traveling has gained momentum and is expected to return to a pre-pandemic in 2022. 

Etihad Airways will add seven new A350F freighters to the existing fleet of five A30F planes in 2022. In addition, A350 F freighters are made of a material with less takeoff weight than their competitors, resulting in lower fuel consumption and significantly lower CO2 emissions. Therefore, they are wise investments for the aviation company, reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.A350F freighters are made of fuel-efficient engines, further reducing expenditures significantly increasing profits.

Etihad Airways has been on the path of restructuring and recovery after the jolt of the pandemic that hit the travel sector hardest. The first thing the pandemic did was restrict travel and brought the travel sector to halt.

Etihad Airways has been recovering well from the pandemic losses. It has chosen the path of sustainability by venturing into freights and cargo operations, adding fuel-efficient A350F to its fleet, which has low carbon emissions. As a result, it has been on the path of growth.

Ethihad’s A350 fleet will resume its regular rotation by the summer. In addition, it has recently announced the addition of a new destination, Nice, a french city, from 15 June 2022. France’s Nice is a picturesque town on the French Riviera on the southeastern coast. A twice-weekly flight on Boeing 787 aircraft to Nice in Europe. It has been given the place in UNESCO world heritage site. 

“As one of the most popular destinations on the French Riviera, Etihad Airways is delighted to add Nice to its summer network in 2022,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president of global sales and cargo, Etihad.

Picturesque Nice on French Riviera

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The world is seeing a downtrend in daily Covid cases all over the world, it has induced the feeling of optimism in people too about travel, business, etc. The governments of different countries are too relaxed to restrict travel after about two years since the pandemic began in 2020.