Etihad Airways is to launch flights to Vienna (pictured above) this summer with fares from AED1,995 ($543). The service will operate twice weekly using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the new route commences on 18 July.

    The new service has been conveniently timed to arrive early morning in Vienna to provide passengers between the UAE and Austria with an ideal weekend getaway. Travellers visiting Vienna can enjoy centuries-old culture and breathtaking scenery. The Austrian capital has been consistently voted the world’s most livable city.

    For Etihad Guest Members wanting to redeem their air miles, Vienna is the ideal destination. Members have access to best value seats with their miles, plus countless hotel and car partners to suit their travel needs, according to the airline.

    Austria is currently open to nationals and residents of Austria, residents of Schengen-member states and Switzerland, business travellers and students.

    Simplifying the post-pandemic travel experience

    To simplify the travel experience and provide additional peace of mind, Etihad recently launched Verified to Fly, allowing guests to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport. Travellers who use Verified to Fly can enjoy fast track check-in at the airport by going to the dedicated desk for a quicker and smoother experience.

    For more convenient travel options, guests can also check in for their Etihad flight from the comfort of their own home by visiting etihad.com/homecheckin up to seven hours before their flight. This means passengers can check in their bags, choose their seat and collect their boarding pass and luggage tags from their home in Abu Dhabi.

    Once at Abu Dhabi International Airport, all non-transit passengers who have used the home check-in service can skip the queues bag-free, making the airport journey seamless. Luggage will need to be collected at the destination baggage belt.

    Flying to, from, and via Abu Dhabi is supported by the airline’s fully redesigned sanitisation and safety programme, Etihad Wellness, which ensures the highest standards of hygiene are maintained at every stage of the customer journey.

    Etihad introduced the Verified to Fly scheme in May. At the time, Etihad Aviation Group’s chief operating officer, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said: “As Etihad continuously looks for innovative solutions to simplify the travel experience, Verified to Fly removes any guesswork from the equation and makes check-in faster. Guests have total peace of mind knowing that when they arrive at the airport, they have already met all covid travel requirements”.