Etihad to suspend Dallas flights after US airline drops code share deal

Etihad is suspending all flights to one major destination in the United States following a decision of an American carrier to end its code share agreement.

The airline announced on Thursday that it will stop operating the Abu Dhabi - Dallas/ Forth Worth (DFW) route effective March 25, 2018. Dallas/Forth Worth is one of the five major US destinations that Etihad flies direct to, along with Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

American Airlines, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, notified Etihad in June that it is terminating its relationship with the UAE carrier effective March 2018. 

The US carrier is also reportedly cancelling its code share agreement with Qatar Airways. 

Etihad said that with the "unilateral decision" by American Airline, it will no longer be commercially sustainable for the company to operate on the Dallas/Forth Worth route.

The airline, however, is open to American reversing its decision.

American's decision to cancel ties with Etihad and Qatar Airways reportedly stemmed from the ongoing dispute over the Open Skies agreements.

Courtesy: Gulf News

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