Abu Dhabi to launch its first low-cost carrier

Jetting off on holiday is set to get more affordable with the launch of Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital’s first low-cost carrier

If you’re always looking for ways to make your holiday budget go further, you’ll be pleased to know that Etihad Aviation Group has teamed up with Air Arabia to launch Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital’s first low-cost carrier.

The move will see Etihad Aviation Group (owner of the national airline of the UAE) and Air Arabia (the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier) establish an independent joint venture company that will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Designed to complement Etihad Airways’ existing services from Abu Dhabi, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will cater to the growing number of travellers in the region seeking budget flights. 

Tony Douglas, Group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Abu Dhabi is a thriving cultural hub with a clear economic vision built on sustainability and diversification. With the emirate’s diverse attractions and hospitality offerings, travel and tourism play a vital role in the economic growth of the capital and the UAE. By partnering with Air Arabia and launching Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost carrier, we are serving this long-term vision”.

He added: “This exciting partnership supports our transformation programme and will offer our guests a new option for low-cost travel to and from Abu Dhabi, supplementing our own services. We look forward to the launch of the new airline in due course”. 

Adel Al Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia, said: “Home to the first low-cost carrier in the MENA region, the UAE has developed over the years to become a world-leading travel and tourism hub. We are thrilled to partner with Etihad to establish Air Arabia Abu Dhabi that will further serve the growing low-cost travel segment locally and regionally while capitalising on the expertise that Air Arabia and Etihad will be providing”.

He added: “This step demonstrates the strength of the UAE aviation sector and serves the vision driving its growth. We look forward to a successful partnership and the launch of the new carrier”.

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