ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will expand its services to Italy, with a new daily flight to Venice's Marco Polo Airport.

The new service will begin operations from Oct 30 and be served by an Airbus A319, offering 16 seats in Business and 90 in Economy. Together with Alitalia, its code-share and equity partner, Etihad Airways will offer 35 weekly flights in and out of Italy, including double daily services to Rome and Milan.

Etihad's Venice flight will offer convenient travel times for guests travelling between the UAE and the Italian city. In addition, the new service will offer seamless connections through Abu Dhabi's hub, to the popular Australia routes of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as key destinations in the GCC, Indian subcontinent, South-east Asia, and North-east Asia.

Venice, renowned for its picturesque bridges and canals, is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, while Italy is the world's 5th most visited country with over 50 million international arrivals in 2015, according to

the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Etihad Airways started flights to Milan in 2007, and Rome was added to the network in 2014, contributing to strong trade relations between the United Arab Emirates and Italy.

Bilateral trade was valued at US$6.14 billion in 2015, and the UAE Ministry of Economy has registered more than 90 Italian companies.

Source: Name News Network