Wizz Air is launching flights to and from Abu Dhabi and five new European destinations.
The new routes will connect the UAE capital directly with Romania and Hungary from June, and to Bulgaria and Poland from September. A second destination in Romania will also launch in September.
Economy fares on all routes start from 59.99 euros (Dh244) for a one-way flight, and tickets are already on sale.
The flights are dependent on UAE authorities lifting travel restrictions on passenger services in and out of the country, and are also subject to regulatory approval.
This will be the first time an airline will operate directly from Abu Dhabi to Budapest, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia. The low-cost fares will appeal to people from Europe who want to visit Abu Dhabi, as well as to UAE residents keen to explore new destinations.
"Wizz Air’s new routes to Budapest, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia highlights our commitment to connecting Abu Dhabi with the most sought after global destinations," said Shareef Al Hashmi, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.
Flying with Wizz Air during Covid-19
"These new routes positively reflect the industry’s resilience and its capability to continue pushing forward with bold plans that will stimulate consumer demand and the sustained recovery of the aviation market," added Al Hashmi.
Travellers that book to fly with Wizz Air during the coronavirus pandemic will be able to change plans if flights are impacted due to travel bans.
Wizz Air allows travellers to rebook flights for a later date, apply for a cash refund or opt for travel credit equivalent to 120 per cent of the original booking.
The airline has also implemented new safety measures. These include distributing sanitising pads to all passengers, obligatory face masks and seat distancing policies on flights where the load factor allows for it.
Flights to Abu Dhabi from Bucharest and Budapest will launch on Wednesday, June 3. From Sofia and Katowice, in southern Poland, flights will operate from Tuesday, September 15. On Wednesday, September 16, Wizz Air will launch flights to Abu Dhabi from Cluj-Napoca, one of Romania's most-visited cities.
In March, Wizz Air and Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company announced the capital's first low-cost airline. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is expected to begin operations later this year.