Abu Dhabi Airports celebrates announcement of new Etihad-backed low-cost carrier

Abu Dhabi Airports celebrates announcement of new Etihad-backed low-cost carrier
Published: 20 October 2019 - 5:49 a.m.
By: Logistics Middle East Staff

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).

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Etihad Aviation Group and Air Arabia to launch Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost carrier,” said Bryan Thompson, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“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,” he added.

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”.

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