Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2 major brands in aviation will call Abu Dhabi their home. AirArabia Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi would enter a market that has been dominated by Etihad for several years, unlike Etihad both these new carriers would be operating a low-cost model.
Largest Airline By Capacity In Abu Dhabi (w/c 02-Mar-2020)
Source: Blue Swan Daily
Air Arabia considers itself as the first and largest carrier in both the Middle East and North Africa connecting passengers to more than 170 destinations across North Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
With an already strong foothold in the UAE with its hub in Sharjah, Air Arabia joins forces with Etihad Aviation Group to form a new airline in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. The new airline looks at providing value for money product and service offerings to travellers and has already started operations on the 14th of July with their first flight to Egypt, the airline would initially have 2 Airbus A320s for their operations with a network expansion expected as countries open up their borders and ease restrictions.
Interestingly, Etihad’s chief stated their intentions to expand code-share partnership with the low-cost carrier, this could be something out of Emirates playbook as they offer codeshare flights with hybrid carrier Flydubai out of Dubai International Airport.
AirArabia Abu Dhabi’s current schedule lists only 2 destinations both in Egypt as follows:
Abu Dhabi to Alexandria – Thrice weekly effective 14th Jul to 24th Oct on Tue/Thu/Sat
Abu Dhabi to Sohag – Once weekly effective 15th Jul to 21st Oct on Wed