Etihad Airways Launches New Service to Barcelona

  • New flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona effective 21 November 2018
  • Starting with five weekly flights, service to increase to daily from 31 March 2019

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and Barcelona, Spain, effective 21 November 2018. The route will initially be operated five times a week by a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019.

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Barcelona will become the second city in Spain served by Etihad Airways, complementing the airline’s existing daily service to the capital Madrid. The new link will provide business and leisure travelers with convenient timings to travel between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, also providing seamless onward connections through Abu Dhabi to major cities in the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea and Australia.

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer Etihad Airways, said: “As one of the largest unserved markets from our Abu Dhabi base, Barcelona – a hub of culture, commerce, tourism, education, fashion and science, has witnessed a significant increase in travel demand from the emirate, and from across our wider network.

“We are now delighted to announce the first direct link between these two important global hubs. We are confident it will prove very popular with UAE and Barcelona-based customers, allowing us to extend our acclaimed inflight service, hospitality and flair to this vibrant Mediterranean city, and to build on the flourishing cultural and commercial ties between the UAE and Spain.”

The Catalonia region is immensely popular with business and leisure travelers alike. With 7.5 million inhabitants, beautiful mountain scenery and a 214 kilometre Mediterranean coastline, the region is rich in natural parks and protected areas. Barcelona is one of the world’s most visited cities, famed for its unique culture, Gaudi architecture, history and cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Trade between the UAE and the Catalonia region has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, with food, chemicals, motor vehicles, energy and pharmaceuticals being the main industrial sectors.

Barcelona has recently been ranked by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as the city which hosted the most international association meetings in the world in 2017, overtaking Paris, Berlin and Vienna to claim first place for the first time since 2004. Etihad Airways will increase frequency to the city to meet passenger demand for the Mobile World Congress, which takes place from 25-28 February 2019.

The new service is being launched in time for the start of the 2018 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Middle East’s largest sporting event, held from 23-25 November at the capital’s 5.55 kilometre Yas Marina Circuit.

Barcelona is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and an important source market of cruise traffic for Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi has also emerged as one of the leading cruise destinations in the Arabian Gulf region, with over 329,105 cruise tourists visiting the city during the 2017 season. The new direct service between the two cities will ensure Abu Dhabi remains a leading player in the region’s cruise travel ambitions.

Etihad Airways operates an extensive codeshare partnership with Air Europa (UX), on the Spanish airline’s scheduled services from Madrid to Barcelona and 18 other major European cities.

Flight schedule: Abu Dhabi – Barcelona, effective 21 November 2018:

Flight No.OriginDepartsDestinationArrivesFrequencyAircraft
EY 49Abu Dhabi2:20Barcelona06:45Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, SunAirbus A330-200
EY 50Barcelona09:50Abu Dhabi20:00Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, SunAirbus A330-200


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When In UK: The Champion Hurdle Odds According To UK’s Top Bookmaker, William Hill

UK’s Top Bookmaker, William Hill Announces The Champion Hurdle Odds

England is famous for many things and people. David Beckham is from England. Delicious Fish ‘N Chips is an English specialty. They have a long history, a Royal Family, castles and historic houses and many more beautiful and exciting places that a tourist/s can visit each year. And, no visit to UK will be complete without dropping by the famous racecourses, Cheltenham Races where the Champion Hurdle Day takes places.

Champion Hurdle Odds

Champion Hurdle Odds

The most celebrated national hunt horse racing event in the world, Cheltenham will take place between 13th-16th March and the first day of this festival is called Champion Day. There are seven races each day. These are the Grade 1 races, Champion Day, Ladies’ Day (16th March), St Patrick’s Day (15th March) and Gold Cup Day (16th March). Buveur D’ Air who won in 2017 is the featured race of the day. He’s also fighting for his crown this 2018 against past winner Faugheen. Champion Hurdle Day is an exciting event that’s anticipated by many.

The program will kick off with Supreme Novices Hurdle. This year, people have their eyes set on Annamix who is trained by Willie Mullins. Annamix have positive reviews and expected to have a future in national hunt racing. Following is the Arkle and the expected race favourite is Finian’s Oscar. Also expected to fight alongside the Queen Mother Champion Chase this 2018 are last year’s winner, Altior with his jockey, Nico De Boinville.

This is the Champion Hurdle odds at UK’s top bookmaker – William Hill where everything you need for betting on Champion Day is available online. All the races are carefully reviewed along with the top odds and special markets as the criterion. You’ll also be updated with the Champion Day Results, race cards, tips and everything you need to know with regards to betting on Cheltenham horse races.

You’ll find info about JCB Triumph Hurdle, Neptune Investment Hurdle, JLT Novices’ Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. For a little recap of last year’s event, there was a shock 25-1 win for Gordon Elliot’s Labaik while Altior won the Arkle Challenge with his jockey, Nico De Boinville.

Un Temps Pour won the Festival Handicap Chase for the 2nd year and Buveur D’ Air won the Champion Hurdle. It was a successful event for trainer, Gordon Elliott who was successful in the Mares’ Hurdle and National Hunt Chase which makes his wins all-in-all three. For the last event of Champion Day, Tully East won the Handicap Chase.

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Montenegro becomes a popular superyacht destination despite remote access for suppliers

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Classic Paris Tourist Sights

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Show your Support of Equality: Limerick Pride

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Limerick Pride

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Take to the Water in Tenerife

Cool yourself off with a water-based adventure as part Canary Island holidays, giving you the chance to experience something fun-filled and thrilling as part of your break. The availability of cheap Tenerife holidays means that you can spend your hard-earned cash on day trips, activities and excursions, filling your retreat with unforgettable memories.

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Pre-Ski Preparations: The Family Shopping List

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NEW Albania Tour With Balkan Road Trip

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After spending the night in Gjirokastra, guests head on to a local village and the Blue Eye Spring near Saranda, en route visiting the Mesopotam Monastery. In the afternoon, the tour moves on to Butrint National Park, another UNESCO heritage area and is where guests will spend the last night.

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Where to go next, Italy?

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Rome in a weekend

When you’re planning a city break with kids, the trick is not to book too long a trip. There is plenty to entertain children in a fascinating city like Rome, but all children have their limits on how many museums and architectural wonders that they can take.

Three nights in Rome would seem like an ideal length of time for a trip with the children. They can be wowed by amazing sights like the Vatican and the Coliseum and enjoy great Italian food and ice-cream.

Of course, as well as seeing all the major sights like the Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Spanish steps and the Trevi Fountain, there are certain places that really appeal to children.

For example, while you’re at the Vatican, as well as seeing the museum there and viewing the Sistine Chapel, join the line to climb up the Cupola – it’s worth the wait and the kids will get a thrill out of it.

When visiting the Coliseum, make sure you get a guide that knows you have children in your party, and is able to make the tour as interesting for them as for the adults in the group. A walking tour to include the Pantheon, Capitoline Hill and the Forum is perfect, as there’s enough moving between sites to avoid any chances of the kids getting bored.

Explora is a Roman museum specifically designed for kids. The whole focus is about children being interactive, touching and learning as they go along. There isn’t a set programme, the museum is self-guiding, and is set around themes of environment, communication, science and culture. There’s even a kitchen area so that kids can join in cooking classes, but be sure to book ahead.

Whatever you decide to do in Rome, make sure that there is plenty of fun stuff for the kids included in the itinerary or you might regret buying all those cheap flights to Rome when you could have left the children at their grandparents and had a romantic getaway with your partner instead!

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Fun things to do in Devon with the kids

When you think of going on holiday to Devon images of beautiful beaches, coastal walks and time by the sea or on quiet estuaries come to mind.

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However, while that’s true, there are plenty of other things to do in this beautiful south western county. Here we’ve a few examples of places to spend a day with the kids away from the beach while you’re on holiday in one of the most picturesque counties in England. Continue Reading

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