The newly created Wizz Air Abu Dhabi took delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo, on September 2 when it arrived at the UAE’s capital city from the Airbus factory at Finkenwerder, Hamburg.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a joint venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings Plc. It has recently received national carrier status from the UAE government, subject to meeting regulatory standards prior to starting operations.
The new carrier’s colour scheme has large Abu Dhabi titles on its tail fin that distinguishes it from the other Wizz Air divisions.
The airline is set to start flying in October with an initial route network including Alexandria, Athens, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan, but the company said the number of destinations will expand as it takes delivery of more aircraft during the next six months.
Mohammed Husain Ahmed, general manager of Abu Dhabi International Airport, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s first aircraft to their new home base at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The establishment of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and its commencement of operations is a milestone in the growth and development of the LCC market in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is also a reflection of the success of our implementation of comprehensive health and safety measures across our airports, as well as our investments in transforming Abu Dhabi International Airport into a strategically positioned global hub for airlines from across the world.”
A range of health and safety measures at have been introduced at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). These include its specially trained team of Wellness Ambassadors equipped to support passengers by answering common questions relating to keeping healthy during travel, encouraging social distancing, and providing hand sanitiser and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves. In addition, the airport employs touch-less elevator technology, SterixGates sterilisation booths, thermal scanning cameras, as well cameras with facial recognition capabilities and heat motion sensors.