Air Arabia has hit back at claims that it is targeting India with its new low-cost concept in the wake of Jet Airways’ demise.
Initial media reports claimed that Air Arabia’s new joint-venture with Etihad – Air Arabia Abu Dhabi – would take over most of the 100 slot pairs for the market held by Etihad after ally Jet Airways failed this year.
It was reported that the Middle East’s biggest low-cost carrier could deploy around 70% of the 100 short-haul jets it’s planning to order at the new venture.
But Air Arabia rejected the suggestions. In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said: “Air Arabia categorically denies unfounded reports issued today by Bloomberg and a section of the media regarding Air Arabia Abu Dhabi plans and future operations.
“We have not issued any official statement regarding our growth strategy nor has any official interview taken place with any news agency.
“We are disappointed that distorted statements are made without any basis and disclaim any merit to the false report. We will announce growth plans as such when they are finalised and through our official channels.”
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi was unveiled last month after the airline struck a partnership deal with Etihad Airways.
The low-cost airline will be based at Abu Dhabi airport and will have an independent business strategy, despite sharing management with its parent companies.