Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to begin operations in first half of 2020
- A Monitor Report 20 Nov, 2019 | 1550 Views|-+
Tony Douglas, Chief Executive of Etihad Airways, speaks at their pavilion during the first day of the 16th Dubai Airshow at Dubai World Central
Dubai: The newly announced budget carrier Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is expected to start operations by June 2020, though the inaugural route is yet to be confirmed.
Tony Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said on November 18 that by “the end of the first or second quarter [of 2020], if [passengers] want to be on one of these aircraft, the opportunity is there.”
He refused to provide further details on the airline’s operations, but said that many announcements on the matter will be coming out over the next two to three weeks.
Douglas’ comments come just a month after Etihad Group and Air Arabia announced a deal to launch Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the fifth UAE-based carrier and the first low-cost airline based in Abu Dhabi. The two aviation companies said at the time the new airline will be a joint venture.
“What we’ll see is connectivity from Abu Dhabi using Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, which is going to be great for the travelling public, it will be great for Etihad, and we’re really excited about it,” Douglas said at the Dubai Air Show.