As of 15th May, Etihad Airways will officially operate a regular schedule service from Melbourne to London Heathrow, via its home hub of Abu Dhabi. The move comes as border restrictions begin to cautiously relax in wake of stabilising COVID-19 cases, and Governments begin to plan for further loosening of lockdowns.
In addition, as of 21st May, Etihad will begin return services on the same route, departing London Heathrow and flying back to Melbourne via Abu Dhabi. The airline plans to maintain this link until it fully resumes its previous double daily connection between the two cities.
Note that both flights will operate out of Terminal 2 at London Heathrow, given Etihad has temporarily moved operations from its original terminal.
The flights will feature both Business and Economy cabins and complement Etihad’s existing schedule of special flights to and a from Abu Dhabi and various other destinations within its extensive global network.
Although the service is resuming, Etihad are still strongly encouraging all customers wishing to travel on this route to check current entry regulations for both the UK and Australia, given the whole situation is fluid at the moment and the global pandemic is still changing by the way.
The Melbourne to London flights is as follows:
Flight EY463 departs Melbourne on Friday at 9:45pm local time. It arrives in Abu Dhabi at 5:55am the following day. Flight EY19 departs Abu Dhabi on Saturday at 7:15am local time and arrives in London Heathrow 11:50am same day.
The London to Melbourne flight is as follows:
Flight EY20 departs London Heathrow on Thursday at 1:20pm local time. It arrives in Abu Dhabi at 11:25pm on the same day. Flight EY460 departs Abu Dhabi on Friday at 12:45am local time and arrives in Melbourne at 8:15pm same day.
Tickets can be purchased online at etihad.