Wizz Air CEO József Váradi has outlined his ambitions to operate a fleet of 100 aircraft in the Gulf region within 15 years.
During a video conference on ATM Virtual, Mr Váradi, said he was ramping up initial plans to launch Wizz Air’s Abu Dhabi venture, slated for October this year.
“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.
Mr Váradi said the airline is targeting both the UAE and broader GCC markets.
But Mr Váradi said the inconsistent response from different governments to the Covid-19 situation was not supporting the industry and that a framework of regulations was needed, to enable aviation to recover.
“Airports did well after 9/11 introducing heightened security measures and we need similar measures regarding health and safety. While airports and airlines are quiet it is easier to practice social distancing, but not when we start to become busier,” he said.
Mr Váradi added: “It’s all about liquidity and what that provides to your business. 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.”
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