UAE budget carrier
ETIHAD Aviation Group and Air Arabia have signed an agreement to launch Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital’s first low-cost carrier.
The new airline will complement Etihad Airways’ current services from Abu Dhabi and will cater to the growing budget travel market segment in the region.
“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 lowcost carrier, we are serving this long-term vision,” said Etihad Aviation Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas.
The new partnership airline enters the low-cost market as a rival to flydubai, which has in become more closely associated with fellow Dubai-based carrier Emirates in recent times.