Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost carrier established through joint venture between Etihad Aviation Group and Air Arabia. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to cater to growing low-cost travel market through its hub in Abu Dhabi International Airport.Abu Dhabi’s air connectivity and accessibility strengthened by launch of new carrier
Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed the upcoming launch of the UAE capital’s first low-cost carrier, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.
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. It is anticipated that the airline will greatly increase the number of destinations served from Abu Dhabi International Airport, offering new choices to passengers to travel directly to previously unserved destinations. The new carrier will be based out of Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer 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.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “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”.
Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company (ADDHC), and was established in March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports.
In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion-dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport.