For budget travellers: UAE's Etihad offers 'deal fare' to more routes

Special rate now applicable to flyers to India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, other cities

  
Zürich, Switzerland - March 26, 2016: Boeing 787 of Etihad Airways departing Zurich Airport on a sunny morning. Etihad Airways is the national airline of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Zürich, Switzerland - March 26, 2016: Boeing 787 of Etihad Airways departing Zurich Airport on a sunny morning. Etihad Airways is the national airline of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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UAE's Etihad has added more destinations to its low-fare promotion for travellers on a budget.

The airline’s “deal fare”, which provides flyers with the option of a cheaper ticket provided that they don’t board with checked-in baggage, will now include destinations across Europe and Asia, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said on Wednesday.

In 2018, the airline introduced the “hand baggage only” fare on select routes in the Middle East.

It entitles the Economy class passenger a free carry-on baggage allowance of seven kilos and was initially only available on flights between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Audi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan.

For July and August 2020, the special fare will be available on new destinations, including Belarus, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Turkey.

Etihad clarified that due to current restrictions, passengers who book the special fare will not be carrying the complimentary seven-kilo hand baggage. It will instead be checked-in, still free of charge. Customers, however, can bring up to five kilos of personal hand luggage on board.

Industry experts have said that carriers around the world are expected to reduce their fares in a bid to stimulate travel demand during the coronavirus crisis. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), domestic fares have so far dropped by 23 percent on average in May.

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)

Cleofe.maceda@refinitiv.com

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