The first plane will fly from Abu Dhabi to Athens on 15 January
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has plans for expansion — its Abu Dhabi unit is scheduled for initial take-off in mid-January 2021.
After several postponements, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi — the newest airline of the United Arab Emirates — has confirmed the unit’s launch date to be 15 January. Its inaugural flight will take off from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12:30 in the afternoon and land almost four hours later in the Greek capital, Athens.
The airline will be looking at the lowest environmental footprint among the competition within the region as its fleet comprises the new Airbus A321neos, each packing up to 239 seats ideal for shorter journeys.
The unit’s network will include Alexandria, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa, and Yerevan
WIZZ AIR ABU DHABI TAKES OFF! We’re ringing in the New Year with the launch of our new airline – the newest national airline of the UAE! Our inaugural flight to Athens will take off on 15 January, and we’ve also announced an exciting new route to Thessaloniki – starting February! pic.twitter.com/8FbxUXEO6F
— Wizz Air (@wizzair) December 29, 2020
The Abu Dhabi–Athens connection will be followed by a new route from Abu Dhabi to Greece’s Thessaloniki on 4 February. Currently, Wizz Air limits its newest flight offer to countries that are on Abu Dhabi’s no-quarantine list, which is Greece and Greenland.
As other places are expected to join the green countries list in the coming months, Wizz Air plans to expand its network to Alexandria in Egypt, Kutaisi in Georgia, Larnaca in Cyprus, Odesa in Ukraine, the capital city of Yerevan in Armenia, and possibly others.
“The waiting is almost over for Abu Dhabi fans of our ultra-low fare airline. Our network from Abu Dhabi will expand rapidly as destinations on our planned network are added to the ‘green countries’ list,” said Kees Van Schaick, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.
“Thanks to the support of the government and our local business partners in Abu Dhabi, we are fully prepared. We have the aircraft, we have the crew, we have the partners, and we are ready to fly. We look forward to building a new travel segment in this important market.”
The new Abu Dhabi unit opens up Asian and Middle Eastern markets and connects them with the airline’s existing European network. Wizz Air hopes to continue expansion and prepare itself for the travel industry’s future recovery.
|Confirmed routes||Days||Start date|
|Abu Dhabi–Athens||Monday, Friday||15 January 2021|
|Abu Dhabi–Thessaloniki||Thursday, Sunday||4 February 2021|
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