Air Arabia Abu Dhabi takes step closer to launching in the UAE

The new low-cost airline has an Air Operating Certificate

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi takes step closer to launching in the UAE

The UAE’s first-ever low-cost airline has taken a step closer to launching flights from the UAE.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has announced it has received its Air Operating Certificate (AOC), allowing the airline to start operating from the capital as the fifth UAE national airline.

The award of the certification follows rigorous checks and inspections from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

A finalised launch date for the carrier and the list of destinations will be announced in the coming months as air travel resumes following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi was formed following an agreement reached between Etihad Airways and Air Arabia.

The low-cost airline will operate out of Abu Dhabi International Airport and will complement services run by Etihad Airways.

“Despite these unprecedented times, today’s announcement is a message of positivity that reflects the strength of the UAE’s aviation industry,” said Tony Douglas, group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group.

“We are pushing ahead with our plans to resume normal flying and once we have, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will ideally serve those who wish to explore new destinations from the capital, meeting the growing demand for low-cost travel in the region and complementing Etihad’s own global network.

“Just as importantly, it will make the amazing sights and experiences of Abu Dhabi accessible to many more visitors from currently unserved markets.

“Our partnership with Air Arabia will bring exceptional value for passengers, and we look forward to the start of operations once the skies open up again.”

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