Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has received its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), making it the country’s fifth airline.
The new low-cost carrier, which is a joint venture between Air Arabia and Etihad Airways, is slated to launch later this year.
In a statement, Air Arabia said it will work alongside the GCAA to finalise the launch date “as market conditions improve and skies are open again”.
Air Arabia recently slammed reports that it was planning to delay the launch of its new concept and insisted the new airline remains on-track.
Tony Douglas, CEO for Etihad Aviation Group, said that the announcement regarding the AOC is “a message of positivity that reflects the strength of the UAE’s aviation industry”.
“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,” he said.
Adel Al Ali, CEO of Air Arabia, said: “Air Arabia Abu Dhabi demonstrates the commitment of the UAE to invest in the aviation sector, and we are looking forward to the launch day, which will establish Abu Dhabi as another key hub in the region for low-cost travel.”
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has been assigned the reservation code 3L by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).