The newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates will take flight on January 15, 2021 with an inaugural flight between Abu Dhabi and Athens. Starting February 4, 2021, the new airline will also launch service to Thessaloniki.
On Tuesday (December 29, 2020), Wizz Air announced the start of the UAE’s newest airline, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, which will commence operations on January 15, 2021, with an inaugural flight between Abu Dhabi and Athens. The new airline will also launch service to Thessaloniki on February 4, 2021. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings plc. The carrier initially announced a route network which also included Alexandria, Larnaca and Yerevan, but service to those cities won’t commence until they join the ‘green countries’ list, indicating a reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission. The new airline's fleet consists of brand new Airbus A321neos. In Tuesday’s announcement, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s Managing Director, Kees Van Schaick, said,
“The waiting is almost over for Abu Dhabi fans of our ultra-low fare airline. From 15 January 2021, a new model of air travel comes to Abu Dhabi, offering new choices and new competition, demonstrating that things are looking up for next year. Our network from Abu Dhabi will expand rapidly as destinations on our planned network are added to the ‘green countries’ list. Thanks to the support of the government and our local business partners in Abu Dhabi, we are fully prepared. We have the aircraft, we have the crew, we have the partners, and we are ready to fly.”
Budapest, Hungary-based Wizz Air serves 155 destinations across 45 countries and operates an all Airbus fleet of 134 A320 and A320/21neo Family aircraft, with an average age of five years. Wizz Air is the largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in Central and Eastern Europe offering over 710 routes from 38 bases. During FY 20 (ending March 31, 2020) the airline served approximately 40 million guests. Wizz Air offers superior guest service at exceptionally low fares and shares in the company trade on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WIZZ.
Source: Wizz Air