Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
|April||Best time to beat the crowds with an average 12% drop in price.|
|July||Most popular time to fly with an average 22% increase in price.|
Average price round-trip
|$394||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
Good deal round-trip
Good deal one-way
Pakistan International Airlines and airblue have all waived their change and cancellation fees on flights from Islamabad to Abu Dhabi. Confirm policies on booking site.
Etihad Airways does not allow booking a middle seat on flights from Islamabad to Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken 96 hours of departure, subject to a 14-day self-isolation and wear a medically approved wristband. Please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions page for more information on restrictions worldwide.
An average nonstop flight takes 3h 30m, covering a distance of 1263 miles.
There are 81 (nonstop) flights between Islamabad Intl and Abu Dhabi Intl per week, averaging 11 per day.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Pakistan International Airlines ($148) and Multiple Airlines ($345), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Pakistan International Airlines ($239) and Etihad Airways ($382).
Etihad Airways (5 times daily), Pakistan International Airlines (2 times daily), KLM (2 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
When flying out of Islamabad you will be using Islamabad Intl, often referred to as Islamabad Airport. You will be landing at Abu Dhabi Intl, also known as Abu Dhabi Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "baby food could have been served baby bassinet installed only after asking multiple times"
Pros: "Food was great, service was also amazing."
Cons: "The seats are so small and so uncomfortable, it almost made the 11hr flight unbeatable"
Pros: "Very smooth, staffs were nice, meals were good but the bathroom was filthy."
Pros: "I like the price, quality, aircraft, staff, food.. everything!"
Pros: "Good service"
Cons: "Baby crying very very tight dear space"
Pros: "Good, staff"
Pros: "Smooth flight. Food was better than flight out of NY. Very tasty. Terrific crew."
Cons: "Seat was a bit cramped but this was a coach seat so my expectations were not high. Aircraft was smaller than first flight so seats were also smaller."
Pros: "Food was excellent!"
Cons: "There was a long line at the very hot sleeve leading to the aircraft, in Istanbul. If the ground team know that this is the case they should slow down the boarding at the gate. The sleeve at the destination, Venice, was air conditioned"
Pros: "almost nothing."
Cons: "The same food every time and its not high quality - even in Business class. The business class seats are uncomfortable, they don't recline far enough or provide adequate leg and foot support. The breakfast is not good at all and they seem to fry or provide stale croissants and danishes - they are always so hard and difficult to eat."
Cons: "From more than 1h layover to 5 minutes."
Pros: "Comfortable seats and friendly crew"
Cons: "Food could be better esp snacks"
Cons: "Didn't get to travel. Will never fly Turkish Airlines again."
Pros: "Timeliness. Orderly boarding"
Cons: "Entertainment. Remote didn't work. Touch screen was painful to use."
Cons: "Turkish airlines should have accommodated the delayed flights by waiting for the passengers to make it to the gates especially if the delay was 3 minutes to catch the next flight. Then business transfer desk just gave the run around and finally rebooked me to Dubai instead of Abu Dhabi with a five hour delay"
Pros: "Crew is polite and professional."
Cons: "1. Limited legroom and space. 2. Would like additional cabin service for water etc. Also would like a non-dairy option for breakfast."
Cons: "Same thing happen with the kosher meal on the second flight."
Pros: "Timely departure and arrival. Excellent landing. Helpful crew."
Cons: "The people smell very bad !!"
Pros: "Turkish airlines is better than all airlines I have used."
Cons: "The entertainment system could be more user friendly. Navigating the movies could be better. I'm not complaining, however. All in all, Tk is very good."
Cons: "Very disorganized the gate checking, staff ne d hospitality training . You ESP not have time for your queries and concerns . They are always in a hurry to finish talkign to you . Poor hygiene. The bathrooms are very dirty and has nomjand soap to wash your hands . Male staff in board come across unpolite. ingelt inwelcomed by the male flight attendant port side at the back.?"
Pros: "the price"
Cons: "everything planes were gross and not cleaned in between flights stewardesses were rude and unhelpful food gross passengers were treated like cattle most of the announcements were not even made in english"
Pros: "Staff are welcome and supportive.at Istanbul Airport kindly re-opened the gate for late passengers due to unexpected delays of preceding Turkish Airlines flights. Otherwise, I must have missed the flight from Istanbul to Rome."
Cons: "Delayed departure for nearly 3 hours from Islamabad to Istanbul (TK711)."
Pros: "No delays Courtesy of crew Very pleasant fly"
Pros: "The ticket was a good price with good service"
Pros: "The crew was friendly and helpful. They were in the cabin often offering complimentary food and beverages. The seats were spacious even for my husband who is 6'1". There were many complimentary viewing options on the television as well."
Pros: "Good service during the flight."
Cons: "The check-in and the boarding processes at Istambul were the worst I remember by far. Airline staff members were careless and even mocking about passengers."
Pros: "These middle distance flights have planes that have no personal intertainment screens in buisness class. The seats have limited comfort even though there is enough room. These planes need to be updated. Service was good and the crew is very friendly."
Cons: "There was a long line at the bus gate B60 due to a lack of personnel."
Pros: "you are the best airline i flew leg space leg stool recliner food politeness of stewardess everything"
Cons: "The veg food is quiet bland"
Pros: "Sadly, nothing."
Cons: "Service Attitude of staff at Istanbul airport, no one wants to help Delays No options if a flight is missed Wrong information Visa machines at airport don't work"
Pros: "Movies on board"
Cons: "It was cancelled twice, and the third flight redirected to Bodrum, southern Tirkey. Should have taken us another route if Istanbul had a snowstorm. could have redirected us through Dubai to SFO, or Beijing to SFO."
Cons: "you can't recline your seat a bit backwards to get a nap. booked luggage is treated with absolute contempt."
Cons: "The fact that the flight was cancelled and I wasn't notified"
Cons: "Canceled flight"
Pros: "Very good food"
Cons: "Seats are a bit crowded, especially when declined"
Pros: "The entertainment options, food, toiletry bag"
Cons: "Stuardess service is very poor. For a 13 hour flight I would expect to have more than 2 beverage visits. Also, I ended up taking my requests to a first class stuardress since the ladies in coach didn't respond to me. I was also appalled to have my connecting flight delayed for over 24 hours without proper notification."
Pros: "See above. The food was excellent"
Cons: "Our seats did not recline"
Pros: "As good as long flights can be."
Cons: "entertainment is poor no TV on the back seat only on top 1 film is shown for all."
Pros: "flight was comfortable and nice"
Cons: "the food offered ...disgusting ..........the airline knows this but continues to serve the customers horrible quality food ."
Cons: "My bag was lot on my way to Europe and was delivered 3 days later. My claim for the expenses was not processed yet. My same bag was lost when I arrived to Abu Dhabi. It's been one week and I didn't hear about it"
Pros: "Good food great passenger service."
Cons: "Having to take a bus to plane"
Pros: "Loved the food!"
Cons: "Although I had a book and good seat-mate, the movie screens stopped working after a few minutes for about 80% of us on the flight. That made for a very long 11 hr flight. There was no apology made to those of us with broken screens. and for boarding, the Airport screens when from no gate to "GO TO GATE" and we all rushed there, some of us 2 hrs early. They put us through security where we were stuck with no available restrooms for nearly 2 hrs before our flight. There was no reason for the rush, and there really should have been bathrooms for us."
Pros: "Fast, efficient, confortable, nice flight attendants, good food."
Cons: "The guy sitting next to me who was upset that I had to go to the bathroom."
Cons: "canceling our flights and lying to us on the phone after we pay extra for daytime flights"
Pros: "Movies and meals"
Cons: "As said above"
Cons: "Next time give money back to people for cancelling or changing flights. Never flying with Kayak again"
Pros: "Overall good for economy."
Cons: "Nothing really. Perhaps the food."
Pros: "Plane was fine"
Cons: "The bus took forever to reach the plane. Food quality was poor"
Cons: "Food has gone down a lit"
Pros: "Food menu need to be modified."
Cons: "Add chicken biryani, chicken shawarma etc."
Pros: "I go an email that this flight has not been purchased. I had to call the company directly to purchase. Kayak website never made any correction in the my trips section. Which made me believe falsely that I have a confirmed booking."
Pros: "It was a great flight. I got an exit seat, and the air host, Dylan, was very helpful."
Pros: "On time. Plane was clean. Security clearance was good."
Cons: "Food quantity and quality dropped to zero. Absolutely disappointed. I had travelled with etihad before. But this time I feel like not to travel with them again. In a 14 hour flight hardly one meal with 10 hour gap. Imagine if some one traveling with diabetic needs"
Pros: "Beware of the etihad airport crew at Abu Dhabi. They are extremely inept. The gate agent lost my ID card needed to gain entry into a third country. Not only I had to miss my connecting fight from Abu Dhabi, was never put on another flight, but etihad also cancelled my return portion of the ticket all due to a mistake by their gate agent."
Cons: "Beware of their scamming ways by cancelling my return ticket due to their mistake...ripoff...avoid using etihad and any othermiddle eastern airlines, their planes are ok but their customer service is the worst in the world"
Pros: "Service was efficient though the there were not that many movies available & after I realized that my television screen would not stay up because I was sitting in front of the exit door, I tried listening to the music but my head set was broken too! The stewards were trying to finish picking up the snack & clean up so there was less than an hour left I decided not to bother them further."
Cons: "As far as the snack that was served,it was a dry roll with little bit of cheese in it . My daughter & I both did not take an other bite and put the rest of it back in the bag!"
Pros: "The crew was curtious, flight on time, good and clean planes, met all expectations."
Cons: "The fact that I had a layover of 22 hours and they didn't provide us with a room."
Pros: "Ample leg room"
Cons: "The food could have been better."
Pros: "Comfort, leg space, hospitality"
Cons: "the flight was changed by Ettihad. Once the flight was changed, the new flight plan had 55 travel time. A short travel time flight was selected for the passenger as she is an elderly lady. it was a struggle to change the flight and have a shorter travel time."
Pros: "Flight service was good (within flight)"
Pros: "The boarding process is always orderly and efficient. The flight crew are friendly and helpful. The seats are as comfortable as can be for such long duration flights. I also enjoy that I can watch most of the latest movies on my flights. I always recommend Etihad. I have never had issues with baggage, checked or carry on. Feels like a luxury airline without having to pay the luxury high prices."
Cons: "Not much I didn't like. I have always experienced excellent service on my Etihad flights and I have flown them quite frequently."
Cons: "Then they did not provide a hotel but a sleeping pod and a cheap meal voucher. Aweful."
Pros: "Nothing to like."
Cons: "Flight overbooked therefore delayed by 24h Terrible service, just a little pod for the nightin some kind of operspace in Abu Dhabi. A real disgrace, this is shamefull. Worse company ever, nothing to do with Qatar or Emirates. Avoid at all cost."
Pros: "Travel time duration was good"
Cons: "Seats were not comfortable at all"
Pros: "Food was good. Crew was helpful and friendly"
Cons: "They lost both my baggage. It took them 4 days to retrive it. I would have expected a better service or compensation here. I had to stay in mumbai for 4 days till i get the bag. My 2 week trip was cut short to 1 week just for this reason"
Pros: "The food is great!"
Cons: "well I think it would be better if they could give immigration papers in the airplane since I had to get it when I was at the counter."
Pros: "The crew was very courteous, and they handled boarding very efficiently."
Cons: "It's not the fault of the crew, but the design of economy seating has become narrower and tighter. I'm thinner than average but my knees bumped the back of the seat in front of me, and I had to keep my arms squeezed against me to avoid constant bumps from people and carts (with aisle seating)."
Pros: "Good aircraft and excellent entertainment system. Food was quite good."
Cons: "The attendants were just not interested. They were unresponsive and rude."
Pros: "Successfully getting from Point A to Point B"
Cons: "1. Extremely low leg room 2. Extremely less width 3. Not much salads in meal"
Cons: "having to wait for the entertainment system to be switched until we get airborne. Most airline you can start watching a movie straight away."
Pros: "The on board crew were excellent."
Cons: "The flight were delayed, I missed the next flight because of the delay, the crue in brussel offered to replace the missed flight by another flight which were six hours latter, they said their is no earlier flight.i had to wait for six hours in abu dabi .when I reached abu dhabi I found another flight earlier than that.i tried with Etihad transfer disc to go in the earlier flight , they said it is not showing on tgeir system despite it is theifr on airport screens.they even didnot offer any help or lounge or hotel for rest in next 6hours.and I was travelling 18 hours before that si I have to wsit additional 6 making total 24 hr bec. Of their delay. Problems No integrity , they should be more trueful and helpful rather than shifting problems to otheres"
Pros: "The staff was friendly, and the food was good. The staff at check-in was also very friendly."
Cons: "Travelling with young children this was not a good experience. At Etihad's hub in Abu Dhabi we exited on the tarmac and took a 20 minute bus ride, the longest such bus ride I have yet taken being a frequent international traveller, to get to a gate. With sleeping children in your arms this was not pleasant. I got three different answers on where we may retrieve our gate-checked stroller, only to find in the end that they had checked it through to our final destination, even though we had clearly expressed that we wanted to use it at the transfer airport. The boarding for the connecting flight then began way early, as we had to take another lengthy bus ride to get to our plane. The flight attendants made us lower the middle arm-rest in a four-seat middle row, even though our kids were sleeping (with seat belts fastened) on our laps. An unnecessary step that good flight attendants would have let go."
Pros: "All except the space for stretching legs."
Cons: "Stretching space for legs."
Pros: "Food, seating and flying time"
Cons: "Not much to complain..."
Pros: "Nothing in particular"
Cons: "Crew were indifferent to our needs. For 12hrs straight we were not even asked water to drink. When i went to the pantry they rudely told me to self-serve. In a trans atlantic flight, we went without food or snacks for a straight 10 hours! I had not even carried extra any food stuff...so basically had to starve high up in the air. I guess they supplied materials like wet towels , that seemed like leftovers. It was bone dry when they handed it over to us as wet towels."
Pros: "Airport customer service at Abu Dhabi very rude. For long stop overs they don't offer any hotel or sleeping pod etc. It has been observed several times that passengers from south Asia are treated with great prejudice whereas same facilities are extended to Western people."
Pros: "Only one thing help me to divert my mind from your poor services & awkward behavior that is your EBOX."
Cons: "from the flight from Chicago to Abudhabi, your host and hostess are rude, seems no courteous, liar, non-cooperative. we flew form Chicago to Abudhabi 12/06/2015 form O'Hare international Airport, Chicago. Starting from the checking staff at the airport, we 2 people are traveling from Chicago to Abudhabi to Ahmedabad and we have only two luggage bags and from those only one was over weight. Instead of suggesting me the best option she directly informed me about the payment of $125 for the overweight charges of the baggage.one of your hostess drop my laptop from the luggage box inside the flight me and other three guest have seen that literally by our eyes and when I asked her that did something wrong with my laptop why you dropped it down but she rudely reply that I just placed it down it has not dropped from their. I asked for water three times and got a glass water once only. While taking the trolley from hallway she never used soft skills like excuse me, sorry...thank you. Seats were like too congested and un comfortable. Try to improve this otherwise people have other options. In flight of Abudhabi to Delhi we got the meal after a 15 minutes of discussion on regular available meal on flight."
Pros: "The food was great. Movie selection was great. The flight attendants were super nice as well."
Cons: "Due to an additional layover for refueling, I missed all subsequent flights, had a 7hr layover, and lost my luggage for a short time."
Pros: "Entertainment in tv"
Cons: "Long time to transit 20 hours"
Pros: "Crew and Food was alright, and did not give anything to complain about."
Cons: "Seating was very uncomfortable, not enough overhead space for passengers to keep the carry on bags. Crew tried hard to keep the passengers in check for boarding but could not control the passengers ire over not having enough space."
Pros: "Entertainment and nice staff"
Cons: "I had a connecting flight in Abu Dhabi and despite 5.5 layover times in Abu Dhabi, they failed to transfer my luggage to my connectiong flight. My luggage is lost now!"
Cons: "I received my bag broken that it can not be used again and it was new from italy that i used only once.. i have pictures of it that show how broken it is...i travelled a lot and it never happened to me but with my first experience with your company i came with two bags one is broken and the other is very very very dirty and dusty.... that makes me never choose this company again only if you fixed and solved the problem... Second concerning food... the flight from new delhi to abu dhabi the crew said we have only lamb .. lamb couldnt be the only option from my opinion not all people eat lamb so i had nothing to eat and there were no other option as the crew said that chicken is finished and this is strange for a well known company"
Cons: "Paid extra $150/person to have exit row for more room and completely uncomfortable for a 17 hr flight. Flight attendants were very rude and pushy"
Cons: "I already feed finished all bookings in May, it had to pay the costs. But they My booking had not been confirmed. Where I can not even find my reservation information. It is a very terrible thing. So I again pay 680.84 EUR I had to buy a plane ticket again. Never forget a very horrible experience. I accept 680.84EUR necessarily return the card fee. I will sue you by law."
Pros: "Nothing really"
Cons: "The seat is too small The entertainment is very poor. Actually there is no entertainment except for 1 or 2 candid camera stuff"
Cons: "Seats were the worst. Food was rwally the worst i ever ate."
Pros: "On time"
Cons: "Seat not as comfortable as Emirates. Breakfast was soggy especially the hash brown and spinach. Crew not as friendly as Emirates. No snacks. I will fly with Emirates in the future. I thought Etihad was better than Emirates."
Pros: "the food was good, and the attendants were very pleasant"
Cons: "the turbulents were pretty rough and I wasn't very comfortable in my seat :("
Cons: "No Wifi on board Used a partner aircraft (Jet airways) Baggage missed between AA and EY despite 2 hours between flights"
Cons: "On the flight from SFO to ABU etihad was enforcing a rule (that no one was aware of) that carry on luggage must be less than 7 kg and backpacks less than 5 kg. Before you could board the airplane, the ticket lady was weighing every item of carry on! It was horrible, upsetting and distressing. People were being made to throw items from their carry one away to be allowed to board. It was so stressful, I felt that experience ruined the entire flight."
Pros: "I loved everything about the airline. It's one of my favorite airlines the only one I choose to fly when flying aboard."
Cons: "Alitalia at check in did not let me board until I have dethroned flight which is not needed for Cambodia visa. Revise your visa policies please. TV did not work on the flight from abu Dabi to Bangkok Bangkok phnom Penh was late I really think I should get business upgrading next time"
Pros: "We had a very worst experience in our life. To see my mother who is holding her last breath, I booked the ticket in your airlines but your airlines representative sold my ticket to someone without any prior notice to me. They simply said flight was full and made us to miss the flight. When I reached India but my mother was no more. She passed our without seeing my face. We request like anything in the counter. To hell with your representatives and Airlines. is it possible for you guys to bring back my chance of seeing my mother alive."
Pros: "The staff was friendly and the flight was great"
Cons: "Seats a little crammed but that's normal for economy"
Cons: "They rejected my Covid test, even though I was negative, what a sham"
Pros: "The food entertainment professionalism extre ordinary crew members"
Pros: "The only airline has direct flight to Kuala Lumpur and Dhaka"
Cons: "Very old air plain, not clean very dirty , no entertainment whatsoever , extremely low class service."
Pros: "For a domestic flight from Karachi to Lahore, they use a 9-seater row. Good from check in to arrival, baggage out within 5 minutes."
Cons: "No online checkin. BEWARE: flight from a mid-sized domestic city (750k population) had its flight cancelled - I got no notice (Kayak sent me an alert), no offer to rebook, and they couldn’t even handle a refund. Crazy"
Cons: "At Washington Dulles airport the whole staff was really rude and unprofessional. I had only one hand carry and it was 9 kg. I requested them that I can buy a bag and can divide the stuff in two bags. But supervisor who seemed Indian was really racist and he kept insisting that we are flying in 5 minutes. Either you have to pay penalty for this hand carry or you can cancel your flight. I have never ever seen this kind of behavior from anyone specially from a supervisor. I ended up paying $300 extra for only 2 kg extra weight in my hand carry. I would recommend my whole family and friends not to choose this airline anymore."
Cons: "There was no information given that pia does not have online check in. The food was horrible on pia. The connecting flight had no vegetarian option for people with dietary restrictions.9"
Cons: "Had I known that the second segment of the flight is Pakistan international airlines I would have never booked the flight on kayak. Very dangerous and third class airline. The sight should clearly show all the details when u search for the flights. As it was showing all flights on Etihad. Will never make reservation on kayak again"
Pros: "less crowd"
Cons: "Disembarked through stairs despite tunnel available, seems the front gates of plane did not open. Also they transported the passengers in normal coasters not through airport bus"
Pros: "I like the comfartability of flight"
Cons: "everythimg was good"
Airlines flying from Islamabad to Abu Dhabi have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
Masks required on board, masks provided
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights