Dhaka: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a joint venture between the Hungarian budget airline and Abu Dhabi state holding company ADQ, will begin operations on October 1, with six new routes connecting the UAE capital with Europe and Egypt.
The low-cost airline said on July 12 that it will initially fly to Alexandria in Egypt, Greek capital Athens, Kutaisi in Georgia, Larnaca on the southern coast of Cyprus, the Black Sea port city of Odesa in Ukraine and Armeni's capital Yerevan.
"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 [the emirate's] economic diversity strategy while offering ever more affordable travel opportunities on our low fare network," said Jozsef Varadi, Chairman, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Chief Executive, Wizz Air Group.
"I’m confident Wizz Air will make a profound impact on the UAE’s economic development and ... its tourism industry.”
The new airline is selling tickets for as low as Dh 129 (USD 36) on its website and mobile app to generate demand for air travel, it said.
The airline will begin operations with two Airbus A321 Neo aircraft, before gradually growing its fleet in UAE capital to six planes in the first six months of operations.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's six new routes will add an annual capacity of 350,000 seats, it said.
"Our ... A321neo aircraft, as well as our enhanced protective measures will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers," Varadi added.
The airline underscored its hygiene measures to reassure travellers, highlighting protocols such as mandatory face masks for cabin crew and passengers, as well as aircraft disinfection procedures.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will become the UAE's sixth carrier after Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, another joint venture between Sharjah-based Air Arabia and Etihad Airways, started flying from July 14.