Wizz Air designated as UAE national carrier

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will launch later this year as the UAE’s and Gulf’s latest airline
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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will join the likes of Etihad Airways as one of the UAE's official national carriers after it was designated by the UAE government, providing it fufills all the legal and technical requirements of the General Civil Aviation Authority.

The UAE’s cabinet revealed the decision during a meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday.

Wizz Air is set to launch its new Abu Dhabi venture later this year as the airline makes a new home in the Gulf having already become one of the most successful carrier in Europe.

The Hungarian airline plans to operate a fleet of 100 aircraft in the Gulf region within 15 years and CEO József Váradi recently revealed that he aims to accelerate and expand the launch of the new carrier despite the Covid-19 crisis gripping the industry.

“If you look at what we’ve been able to achieve in the EU, we managed to grow our fleet to 100 aircraft over the last 15 years and we should be able to do the same thing in Abu Dhabi,” he said during a recent video conference.

Wizz Air has fared better than most rivals during the pandemic and subsequent drop in travel despite laying off a large number of employees.

Mr Váradi said the reason for Wizz Air’s strong position is the level of liquidity the business has built up in recent years.

“If we do not fly a single passenger for the next 24 months we will still be in business, so we are well positioned to take advantage of the situation,” he said earlier this month.

To read our interview with József Váradi in full, CLICK HERE.

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