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UAE low-cost carrier to add many new destinations from Abu Dhabi Int'l

Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed the upcoming launch of the UAE capital's first low-cost carrier, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi

UAE low-cost carrier to add many new destinations from Abu Dhabi Int'l
It is anticipated that the airline will significantly increase the number of destinations served from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed the upcoming launch of the UAE capital’s first low-cost carrier, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

It is anticipated that the airline will significantly increase the number of destinations served from Abu Dhabi International Airport, offering new choices to passengers to travel directly to previously unserved destinations.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will cater to the growing low-cost travel market through its hub in Abu Dhabi International Airport, strengthening the city’s air connectivity and accessibility, a statement from Abu Dhabi Airports said.

Etihad, Air Arabia ink deal to set up new low-cost carrier

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with its hub in Abu Dhabi International Airport

Bryan Thompson, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Etihad Aviation Group and Air Arabia to launch Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost carrier. The establishment Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, is a milestone in the continuing growth of Abu Dhabi’s aviation industry and the Emirate’s status as a global hub for business and leisure travellers.

“Abu Dhabi is an incredible destination, with a wealth of cultural, historical, culinary and entertainment attractions, and we are confident in the incredible opportunities available to low-cost carriers interested in working with us to take advantage of our excellent connectivity throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas,” added Thompson.

The MENA low-cost air travel model was first introduced in the UAE in 2003 and has been rapidly growing since. Today, the Middle East market enjoys the third highest gains in intra-regional low-cost carrier penetration rate.

Low-cost carriers accounted for 17 percent share of seat capacity to and from the Middle East in 2018, compared to only 8 percent in 2009.

Tony Douglas, group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, said on Wednesday: “Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will be formed through the establishment of an independent joint venture company owned by Etihad Aviation Group and Air Arabia, with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

"The company will operate a low-cost business model and independent strategy, steered by its board of directors, which will consist of members nominated by Etihad and Air Arabia.

“This exciting partnership will help us deliver on Abu Dhabi’s long-term vision to be a thriving cultural hub built on sustainability and diversification, and will offer travellers a new option for low-cost travel to and from Abu Dhabi, supplementing our own services."

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