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About Etihad Regional
Etihad Regional was the brand name of Darwin Airline SA from January 2014 to July 2017. This was disbanded once Etihad Airways sold its 33% stake to the owner of Adria Airways, the parent company of Darwin Airlines in November 2013. The airline previously also operated flights on behalf of Alitalia. Its bases were located in Geneva Airport (GVA) and Lugano Airport (LUG). Etihad Regional was a Swiss regional airline with its head office in Bioggio, Lugano.
The first Darwin aircraft showcasing the Etihad Regional brand started operating from Lugano and Geneva in January 2014; the airline announced that 10 of its Saab 2000 aircraft would be rebranded to showcase the Etihad livery by mid-2014.
Etihad Regional in February 2014, canceled the scheduled flights between Berlin to Wrocław and Poznań, in addition to Zagreb-Rome. Later that same year in October 2014, many other destinations like Lyon, Turin, and Stuttgart were also canceled. Moreover, flights from Lugano and Zürich, which were flown on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines, were also ended as the Swiss airlines canceled the contract in October 2014.
This was the same trend that would follow in the following year, where the airline canceled further destinations such as Linz and Toulouse. Etihad Regional ceased over around 70% of its scheduled services that included scheduled services to Germany, France, and many others. However, the airline continued to operate some of their domestic and European routes from Geneva and Lugano in addition to the Italian domestic routes from Bolzano to Rome whereas, many of the other services to Zürich were canceled apart from the route to Geneva. Etihad Regional claimed that this was due to its competitors as well as the failed development by the Swiss aviation authorities.
All of Etihad Regional operations ceased in 2017 and Adria Airways new brand replaced the fleet and current route network by September 2017, with all Etihad Regional branding being taken off from the website.
The airline had scheduled flights to a number of destinations within Europe. These destinations include Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Croatia.
Carry-on baggage could not go above the maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm, with a maximum weight of 8 kg.
The airline permitted one piece of hold baggage, not exceeding 23 kgs, for Economy class and two pieces of baggage for those traveling in Business Class.
Etihad Regional was only offered online check-in on some routes. Online check-in opened 24 hours before departure, closing 1-hour prior to departure.
Airport check-in was 1 hour 30 minutes before departure for domestic travel and two hours prior to departure for international travel.
The airline operated a fleet of 10 aircraft:
Lugano Airport (LUG) is a public airport in Lugano, within Switzerland. The airport serves over 200,000 passengers a year. The airport is located 4 km west of Lugano.
The airline currently flying to and from Lugano Airport (LUG) is Silver Air.
The airline didn't have a frequent flyer program