Abu Dhabi Expansion: Wizz Air Targets More Low-Cost Destinations – Simple Flying

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has announced a number of new low-cost destinations, with flights to Kiev in Ukraine, Bari in Italy, and Salalah and Muscat in Oman coming this summer. Abu Dhabi’s newest airline, launched in January 2021, will now have 22 destinations across its network and counting.

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has added four exciting destinations to its network. Photo: Getty Images

More low-cost flights from Abu Dhabi

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will add several new destinations to its network over the summer. The airline has announced four new routes that will begin in the next couple of months, with more destinations expected to be added.

The new routes are:

  • Kiev – Thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Starting at AED179 ($49). (From July 1st).
  • Bari – Twice-weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Starting at AED229 ($62). (From September 21st).
  • Salalah – Twice-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Starting at AED99 ($27). (From July 3rd).
  • Oman – Thrice-weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Starting at AED99 ($27). (From July 1st).
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The ultra-low-cost carrier now has 22 destinations across its network. Photo: Wizz Air

Kees Van Schaick, managing director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said,

“Kiev, Bari, Salalah and Muscat are our next destinations in a series of new route announcements we have made, and will continue to make – we are committed to providing Abu Dhabi residents and tourists with new travel options and destinations at affordable prices.”

The new routes add to Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s growing network, which includes popular destinations such as Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and Kazakhstan. The airline is eyeing many more destinations and is expected to announce additional routes in the coming months.

Fares for its new destinations have already been released on the Wizz Air website, starting as low as AED99 ($27).

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi continues to grow

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi only commenced operations a few months ago, on January 15th, but has seen significant growth already. Beginning with its inaugural Abu Dhabi-Athens route, the airline gradually added other destinations to its network, including Odessa, Alexandria, Yerevan and Larnaca.

With four new routes announced, the airline now flies to 22 destinations and is touted to add many more to its network over the coming months.

Van Schaick added,

“We’re excited to offer these new routes giving travelers sustainable options to explore new places. Travelers will be dazzled by beautiful architecture found in every corner of Kiev, a wealth of history and gorgeous beaches in Bari, and the nature and diverse landscape found in Oman.”

The airline has a brand-new fleet of four Airbus A321neos. Photo: Wizz Air

Presently, the airline’s fleet consists of four Airbus A321neos, which are all less than a year old. Its new, modern and efficient fleet positions the airline perfectly to navigate the post-pandemic world and offer ultra-low-cost flights.

What’s next for the airline?

Simple Flying had the opportunity to speak with Wizz Air CEO József Váradi after the airline’s inaugural flight to Athens in January. Váradi laid out Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s ambitious expansion plans, which includes operating 50 aircraft within 10 years and quadrupling passenger numbers in the same period.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi aims to connect Abu Dhabi to many more destinations in the future. Photo: Ralf Roletschek via Wikimedia Commons

As far as destinations go, the airline is strongly rumored to be looking east, specifically at India. Váradi confirmed speculation last month, stating, “from a UAE perspective, India is a huge market with a huge passenger flow.” Crucially, he said India would be a destination-only country and there are no plans to set up an operating base there.

Are you excited about Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s rapid expansion? Which routes are you looking forward to most? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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