Etihad Airways’ direct non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Madrid  bring more choice for travellers as the airline connects Spain to its rapidly expanding flight network.

Speaking at a media gathering in Madrid to mark the start of the new capital to capital link, James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said the airline’s global network brings major benefits to Spain and delivers enhanced flight connections to and from the country.

The event was attended by the UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, Her Excellency Dr Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Al-Otaiba.

Mr Hogan said: “Our new Madrid service gives Spanish business and leisure travellers greater access to the UAE with a total of 2,096 weekly seats on offer. It also provides convenient two-way connections via our Abu Dhabi hub to important markets on Etihad Airways’ strong global network.”

The Madrid service is operated four times per week by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a total of 262 seats in a two-class configuration: 22 Business Class and 240 Economy Class.

Air travellers can now fly from Madrid, with one stop in Abu Dhabi and connect conveniently onto 30 destinations across the Gulf region, Africa, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia, through Etihad Airways and its partner airlines.

From Madrid, travellers can connect on the network of Etihad Airways’ codeshare partner, Air Europa, to eight cities in Spain including Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, La Coruna, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife and Vigo, and also to Santo Domingo – the capital of the Dominican Republic.