Etihad is first Gulf carrier to fly to Belarus

The launch of a twice-weekly Abu Dhabi - Minsk service marks Etihad Airways as the first Gulf airline to fly to Belarus.

On Tuesday, the inaugural flight was welcomed to Belarus with a traditional 'water-arch,' orchestrated by the airport authorities as the Airbus A319 taxied to the parking bay.

The passengers who christened the flight were greeted by the Belarusian Minister of Transport, Vladimir Sosnovsky, and Vice Minister of Tourism, Cheslav Shulga.

The current volume of trade between United Arab Emirates and Belarus is over DHS110-150 million annually, and the provision of passenger air services is expected to further boost this figure.

"To make history as the first airline from the Gulf region to fly to Belarus is a great honour for Etihad Airways," said chief executive James Hogan.

"We are extremely excited to help to strengthen further the trade ties between the two countries through the launch of our new Minsk service."

The Belarusian capital boasts a central location in the heart of Europe, and is seeking to enhance its tourism revenues.

Minsk is the third destination to be added to the Etihad network this month, as they recently increased their Indian services with flights to Chennai (Madras) and Kozhikode (Calicut).

Etihad now flies to 48 global destinations, and the expected services to Moscow in Russia and Almaty in Kazakhstan will assist that number rise to 50 by the end of the year.

The connection EY061 between Abu Dhabi and Minsk will fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45am, arriving at 2:25pm, with the retuning EY062 departing Minsk on the same day at 3:15pm, returning to Abu Dhabi at 9:40pm.



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