Dhaka: Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital's first budget carrier, will take wings on July 14 with direct flights to Alexandria and Sohag in Egypt.
The inaugural flight will take off from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria on July 14 followed by flights to Sohag the next day, the airline said in a press release.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will start operations with two Airbus A320 based in Abu Dhabi International Airport offering the same value-added product and services provided by Air Arabia across its hubs.
The customer journey has also been upgraded adhering to all local and international guidelines set in place to ensure safety protocols and health measures are always met, the press release added.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has been formed following an agreement by Etihad Airways and Air Arabia to establish an independent joint venture company that will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with Abu Dhabi International Airport as its hub.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said, "In these extraordinary times, it gives us great pride to launch Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital's first low-cost carrier. This joint venture between Etihad and Air Arabia will offer greater convenience and direct access to the UAE's thriving capital for new markets worldwide. beginning with two key Egyptian routes, and expanding in time."
Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said, "We are delighted to announce the launch of the first flight of Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. While the global aviation sector continues to witness unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic, this step is a testament to the strength of the UAE aviation sector and our commitment to its long-term prospects."
He continued, "Egypt is a key travel market and the launch of the first flights reflects our focus on supporting commercial and trade ties between both nations while providing our customers a new value-for-money option to travel between both countries."
Flights to Alexandria's Borg Al Arab International Airport (HBE) will be operated three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) at 15:00 local time and arriving in Alexandria at 16:55 local time. The return flights will depart Alexandria at 17:35 local time, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 23:25 local time.
Flights to Sohag International Airport (HMB) will depart Abu Dhabi every Wednesday at 14:20 local time and arrive in Sohag at 6:00 local time. The return flight will take off at 16:40 local time and land in Abu Dhabi at 22:10 local time.
Customers can now book directly by visiting Air Arabia's website, or calling the call centre, or through travel agencies.