9 MARCH 2020
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Wizz Air has confirmed plans to launch an operation in Abu Dhabi with its first flights to begin during the second half of the year. The airline first unveiled plans for the offshoot at the end of last year (BTN 16 December 2019).
Wizz is partnering with the Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADDH) to establish the new airline, which is set to launch operations from Abu Dhabi International (AUH) in autumn serving the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.
CEO József Váradi said: “This joint-venture agreement underpins our long-term dedication for an economically and operationally efficient as well as environmentally sustainable airline business model to boost Abu Dhabi's aviation development.
“Wizz Air's mission feeds into Abu Dhabi's diversified economic strategy as we aim to stimulate traffic by creating demand to the benefit of growing Abu Dhabi's touristic and economic diversity.”
ADDH CEO Mohamed Hassan Al Suwaidi added: “Last year the emirate achieved a record high of 11.35m visitors and a key driver for this is the connectivity that enables people to visit Abu Dhabi easily and affordably.
“Our partnerships with Wizz Air and others will help elevate the UAE's capital as a competitive regional and international destination for leisure and business travellers alike.”
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