British Airways returns to Abu Dhabi skyline, strengthening UK-UAE connections

British Airways has made a triumphant return to Abu Dhabi, marking a significant milestone as its aircraft touched down at Zayed International Airport.

Following a hiatus of four years, both customers and crew were greeted with warmth and enthusiasm upon the resumption of this key route on 21 April.

Operating a daily flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi year-round, British Airways aims to strengthen connections between the UAE and the UK, catering to the diverse needs of travellers, whether for leisure, business or visiting friends and relatives.

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The airline will deploy the Boeing 787-9 aircraft during the summer of 2024, enhancing the travel experience for passengers.

Flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi departs London Heathrow at 22:25, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08:30 the following day. The return flight, BA072, takes off from Abu Dhabi at 10:10, reaching London Heathrow at 15:20.

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, expressed her delight, stating,

We extend a warm welcome to British Airways as they start operating at Zayed International Airport with a daily schedule that promises to enrich connectivity and invigorate both business and tourism. Our new award-winning and cutting-edge terminal offers visitors an unparalleled introduction to the vibrant UAE capital, where they will be greeted with Emirati hospitality at its finest.

Calum Laming, Chief Customer Officer at British Airways, shared his excitement, saying,

We are really excited to be celebrating our Abu Dhabi route launch. The new daily flight connects Abu Dhabi with London Heathrow and beyond, providing our customers with another amazing destination within our expansive global network and further growing our connections with the UAE. With four cabins to choose from, including First, we are confident customers will enjoy our exceptional and original British Airways service brought to life by our incredible colleagues. And on a personal level, it is an honour to return to the fantastic city and Emirate of Abu Dhabi where I was lucky to live for the best part of a decade.

The resumption of British Airways’ Abu Dhabi route not only signifies enhanced connectivity but also reinforces the airline’s commitment to providing exceptional service to its passengers.

For further information about British Airways’ services and bookings, customers are encouraged to contact their Global Travel Management Account Manager.