The service will commence on 1 July 2016 and be served by an Airbus A320-200, with 16 seats in business and 120 in economy. The route will provide more travel options for guests travelling between the UAE and Istanbul as well as access to over thirty two-way connected markets and over 240 weekly connections around the world over the Abu Dhabi hub.
The airline already operates a daily service to Istanbul Ataturk Airport but market demand has created an opportunity to deploy additional capacity into Sabiha Gokcen. The airport is an increasingly popular gateway for visitors to Istanbul and the southern section of the region. It is well connected to other domestic cities on the Asian side of the city, including Yalova and Bursa.
Etihad Airways originally launched services to Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey in June 2009. Today the airline operates a daily service on the Airbus A330, with full network connectivity.
Istanbul Ataturk is already such a popular destination within the Etihad Airways network, that it will host one of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are also being added to other cities such as Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai and Johannesburg during 2016.
Etihad Airways schedule for Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen flights, effective 1 July 2016:
|EY98||Abu Dhabi (AUH)||0850||Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)||1240||Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat||A320-200|
|EY99||Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)||1340||Abu Dhabi (AUH)||1920||Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat||A320-200|
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time