Wizz Air Holdings has reached an agreement in principle for the establishment of a local airline in Abu Dhabi in partnership with Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company. The new airline will be Wizz Air’s first airline established outside of Europe.
It is intended that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will be formed via a joint venture, and operations with Airbus A321neo aircraft are expected to launch in the second half of 2020. The airline will focus on establishing routes to markets in which Wizz Air has existing, high growth operations, namely Central and Eastern and Western Europe, as well as the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, with a total of 5 billion customers.
Wizz Air believes that the establishment of a truly ultra-low-cost airline in Abu Dhabi can contribute to the continued growth of Abu Dhabi as a world-class cultural and tourist destination. ADDH’s deep-rooted knowledge of the local market, support and navigation in a new market for Wizz Air is invaluable and will boost the successful development of the new airline.
The establishment and start of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is subject to, amongst other things, agreement and entry into force of definitive documentation with ADDH, the receipt of all necessary internal and external approvals and consents, and the new airline satisfying all regulatory requirements of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
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