Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the brand new nationwide airline of the UAE whose official launch has been delayed by coronavirus restrictions, has formally acquired its air operator certificates from the UAE Common Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), it was introduced on Saturday.
Receiving the certificates completes the final step within the regulatory processes to permit the airline to launch operations which have been initially on account of begin on October 1.
Wizz Air mulls postponement if a ban on international guests to Abu Dhabi is not relaxed quickly
In September, the CEO of Wizz Air Holdings stated it could delay the launch of its new airline in Abu Dhabi if a ban on international guests wasn’t relaxed.
Flights will likely be pushed again by just a few weeks due to the health-related restrictions, Jozsef Varadi stated.
No new launch date has but been introduced as Abu Dhabi stays closed to worldwide vacationers.
In keeping with an announcement carried by state information company WAM, the processes have been accomplished over the course of eight months, throughout a interval of unprecedented disaster within the airline trade on account of Covid-19, journey restrictions and lockdowns.
It added that Wizz Air demonstrated its operational capabilities to the GCAA throughout particular demonstration flights performed on board an Airbus A321 Neo.
“We congratulate Wizz Air for efficiently acquiring the AOC after assembly all of the required requirements and passing all inspections. We’re proud so as to add Wiz Air as a nationwide service within the United Arab Emirates,” stated Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director basic of the GCAA.
Extra Airbus A321neo plane will be part of the Wizz Air Abu Dhabi fleet within the first six months of operations
Kees Van Schaick, managing director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, addedK “The issuance of the AOC marks a very powerful milestone for us as now we have now acquired all regulatory approvals to function the airline… We are going to supply our clients ultra-low fares… Our new airline, majority owned by our companion ADQ, will convey a number of worth to Abu Dhabi airport and the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“We’ve got one plane already there and one other arriving within the subsequent few days, however actually we want Abu Dhabi to open up so that folks can really fly,” he stated.
Flights to Abu Dhabi are at present restricted by the federal government to returning native residents, after which provided that they’ve lately examined destructive for Covid-19, with folks additionally required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
Wizz, Europe’s third-largest low cost service, introduced plans to broaden its low-cost mannequin to the Center East in December.
Launch locations will embody Athens, Alexandria in Egypt, Larnaca on the island of Cyprus, Odessa in Ukraine, the Armenian capital Yerevan, and Kutaisi, Georgia, with growth plans to have six Airbus A321neo plane inside six months.