Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, announced that it will base two state-of-the-art new Airbus A321neo aircraft and start six routes from Abu Dhabi on October 1. These routes include Kutaisi, Odesa, Alexandria, Athens, Larnaca and Yerevan.
Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low as $35, said a statement.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the joint-venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings, has just received national carrier status from the UAE government subject to meeting regulatory standards prior to starting operations.
The low fare – low cost business model of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi aims at creating travel demand through market stimulation, generating growth for the tourism and service industries as well as contributing to Abu Dhabi’s economic diversity, it said.
With a fleet composed of Airbus A321neo aircraft, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will have the lowest environmental footprint and the lowest cost base among its competitors in the region. The airline’s initial route network includes Alexandria, Athens, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan.
This announcement will add an annual capacity of 350,000 seats to the capital of the UAE. Four additional ultra-modern Airbus A321neo aircraft will be allocated in the first six months of operations. The route network planned on these aircraft will be announced in due course, it said.
Together with the start of sales, the airline is also launching its Arabic website and Arabic mobile app to allow for its distinguished Arabic speaking passengers to easily search for and book tickets online.
Meanwhile, the airline has introduced a range of enhanced hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and crew.
József Váradi, Chairman of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and CEO of Wizz Air Group, said: "I am delighted to announce the initial network of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and reconfirm the start of its operations on October 1. This announcement is the first step of a long and much awaited journey as we are dedicated to developing our presence in Abu Dhabi, contributing to Abu Dhabi’s economic diversity strategy while offering ever more affordable travel opportunities on our low fare network. We much appreciate the support we have been given by the government, its affiliated organizations and our local business partners in Abu Dhabi.
"Our state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, as well as our enhanced protective measures will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers. Wizz Air is the lowest cost producer operating the youngest and economically most efficient fleet of aircraft with the lowest environmental footprint. I’m confident Wizz Air will make a profound impact on the United Arab Emirates’ economic development and the ramp up of its tourism industry."
Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to Abu Dhabi International Airport. With the addition of the new airline, the number of destinations and connections passengers are able to access through Abu Dhabi continues to grow, demonstrating our commitment to enhancing our network and placing our customers first."
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