Through Zurich, the daily flight will connect with the route network of Etihad Airways’ latest equity partner, Darwin Airline, which will be rebranded Etihad Regional.
Darwin Airline will provide connections between Zurich and eight new destinations – Leipzig, Florence, Graz, Linz, Lyon, Turin and Verona, as well as a new domestic service to Geneva. The airline already operates domestic services between Geneva and Lugano.
Subject to regulatory approvals, Zurich will become Etihad Airways’ second Swiss destination after Geneva, and the route will be served by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, a major financial centre, business hub and tourism destination, and has a catchment area of two million people.