United Arab Emirates’ new national airline, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, celebrated the arrival of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft to Abu Dhabi International Airport on 7 September.
The airline is a joint venture between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings Plc. The carrier says it will start its operations with an initial route network including Alexandria, Athens, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan.
More Airbus A321neo aircraft will join the Wizz Air Abu Dhabi fleet in the first six months of operations, connecting the capital of the United Arab Emirates with several other cities around Europe and beyond. The route network planned on these aircraft will be announced in due course.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi managing director Kees Van Schaick said: “Today is another great landmark to celebrate. With the arrival of our first aircraft to Abu Dhabi we have made an important step on our journey towards starting our operations and developing our presence in Abu Dhabi.
“We contribute to the local economic diversity while offering ever more affordable travel opportunities on our low fare network. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, as well as our enhanced protective measures, will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers.”
Mohammed Husain Ahmed, general manager of Abu Dhabi International Airport, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s first aircraft to their new home base at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The establishment of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and its commencement of operations is a milestone in the growth and development of the LCC market in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“It is also a reflection of the success of our implementation of comprehensive health and safety measures across our airports, as well as our investments in transforming Abu Dhabi International Airport into a strategically positioned global hub for airlines from across the world.”
Abu Dhabi International Airport has introduced a comprehensive range of health and safety measures including contactless elevator technology, SterixGates sterilisation booths, thermal scanning cameras and cameras with facial recognition capabilities and heat motion sensors.