Wizz Air, a low-cost carrier did its maiden flight on 1st July from Budapest to Abu Dhabi. The flight will be available for passengers twice a week. The airline previously operated this route from Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai.
Wizz Air announced that it will start more routes from Abu Dhabi later this year as it eyes on Middle East expansion as a part of its business expansion strategy.
Starting August, Passengers will be able to travel to Bucharest in Romania as well. From September, the airline will be offering flights to Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia from Abu Dhabi.
UAE also designated “Wizz Air Abu Dhabi” as its national carrier in the last week of June. The airline will be the sixth airline of the country and the third low-cost carrier of UAE.
Statements by Wizz Air CEO:
Wizz Air CEO George Michalopoulos said: “I am delighted to celebrate the first scheduled Wizz Air flight to Abu Dhabi. Wizz Air is committed to growing the airline’s network to the capital of the UAE.
“Our new sanitising protocols will give our customers the confidence that they can safely rely on Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares to visit Abu Dhabi onboard one of the world’s greenest fleet. Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares and route network will contribute to the further growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector.”
The CEO of Wizz Air, also mentioned that despite the ongoing situation of COVID-19, the airline is still confident to see an increase in travel demand soon.
Statement by Abu Dhabi Airport Official:
Khalil Lamrabet, senior vice president of aviation development at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The arrival of Wizz Air is a testament to the strength of the Abu Dhabi market and a reflection of the success of our investments in transforming Abu Dhabi International Airport into a strategically-positioned global hub for airlines from across the world”
Sixth National Airline in the UAE:
The Hungarian low-cost carrier recently collaborated with UAE and becoming the sixth airline of the country. The airline will be operating on a point-to-point flight model. It also plans to gain access to a growing travel market in the Middle East. The airline plans to commence its operations and further expand its route network from Abu Dhabi. The airline plans to start this with Airbus A321 NEO and further increasing the fleet over the next 10 years.
The Hungarian low-cost airline currently operates a fleet of 120 Airbus family aircraft. It is also planning to expand its fleet by inducting the brand new Airbus A321XLR for longer flights. The airline offers low fares which would help it grow the market share.
The CEO of Wizz Air also announced that he is planning to formulate a strategy which will aim to operate 100 aircraft entirely serving the Middle Eastern market over a time span of 15 years as a part of its business expansion strategy.
Wizz Air will play a vital role by becoming a key contributor to the tourism sector of Abu Dhabi as it will be offering lower fares to the tourists.
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