Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is a low cost carrier which will soon fly under Etihad Airways wing.
The UAE flag carrier has partnered with Air Arabia – the Middle East and North Africa’s largest low-cost carrier – to come up with an affordable flight options traveling in and out of the UAE.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, as it’s called, will become the capital’s first low cost carrier.
This move would allow Etihad to cater to the growing low-cost travel market segment in the region.
The brand will be based here in Abu Dhabi, with its board members to be handpicked by officials from Etihad and Air Arabia.
It was in 2003 when the MENA low-cost travel model was first introduced in the UAE.
Currently, the Middle East market has the third highest gains in intra-regional low-cost carrier penetration rate.
Low-cost carriers accounted for 17% share of seat capacity to and from the Middle East in 2018, compared to only 8% in 2009.
“Abu Dhabi is a thriving cultural hub with a clear economic vision built on sustainability and diversification,” said Tony Douglas, Group CEO at Etihad Aviation Group.
“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”.
“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.”
More information about Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will be made soon.
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