The launch of this new service marks an important milestone in the strategic partnership between Etihad Airways and Dutch carrier KLM. Recently, KLM began operating a daily service to Abu Dhabi. To further cement their intensive cooperation, Etihad is now operating a daily service between Abu Dhabi and Schiphol as a code-share with KLM. As well as providing exceptional service, this cooperation creates yet more connection opportunities from Schiphol, allowing passengers from far-flung destinations in Australia and Asia to access European cities via the Middle East and Amsterdam.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "The launch of Etihad Airways flights to Amsterdam demonstrates the deepening of our relationship with KLM as we anticipate great demand for the KLM codeshare flights beyond Schiphol Airport." Upon arrival in Amsterdam, the Etihad Airways plane was greeted with a water cannon salute.
Etihad’s choice of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol reflects the importance of the airport as a gateway to Europe. From the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the rest of the world is never far away. Schiphol is centrally located and within two hours of flying time from all crucial business destinations in Europe. More than 100 airlines operate out of Schiphol, offering flights to 317 destinations around the world. It is also the third largest European cargo airport and the fourth largest European airport in terms of passenger numbers.