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Wizz Air launch to boost Abu Dhabi visitor numbers, says tourist chief

Saood Al Hosani says launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi in Q3 will attract more international tourists to UAE capital

Wizz Air launch to boost Abu Dhabi visitor numbers, says tourist chief

The new budget airline will launch operations from Abu Dhabi International Airport to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi in the third quarter of 2020 will attract more international visitors and boost local economy, according to a top UAE official.

"The launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi later this year is very much welcomed by the Department of Culture and Tourism. Having another dedicated low-cost airline operating from Abu Dhabi International Airport will undoubtedly allow more visitors to travel here," said Saood Al Hosani, Acting Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi.

In comments published by state news agency WAM, he added: "Also, as we step up our preparations for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE in 2021, we are confident that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and our other airline partners will all assist us in our mandate to boost the local economy through the sustained growth of the tourism and travel sector."

Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company announced on Monday that it has concluded the definitive agreement with its partner Wizz Air Holdings, Europe’s fastest growing airline, to jointly establish Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

The low-cost airline is set to launch its operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport this autumn.

The new budget airline will launch operations from Abu Dhabi International Airport to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The airline, which will be 51 percent Abu Dhabi-owned, will start flying with a fleet of three new Airbus A321neos, increasing to 50 planes over 10 years.

Wizz Air offers more than 700 routes from 25 bases, connecting 155 destinations across 45 countries, with a fleet of 120 aircraft, made up of A320s and A321s.

The new airline, the Budapest-based group’s first outside Europe, will focus on establishing routes to markets in which Wizz Air has existing, high growth operations - central and eastern and western Europe.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will be the seventh airline to operate from the UAE after Emirates airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, Flydubai, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi and the new, as yet unnamed, airline planned to operate from Ras Al Khaimah.

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