Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is set to launch flights to Israel in February.
The low-cost airline plans to fly four times a week to Tel Aviv, with fares starting from Dh99.
It's the latest announcement from the UAE's newest airline before its launch flight on Friday, January 15.
The low-cost airline's delayed inaugural flight will operate from Abu Dhabi to Athens. Tickets on both the inbound and outbound sectors are sold out on Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's first flight.
The budget airline recently ran a promotion selling airline tickets to Greece from Dh1, plus taxes. More than 3,000 promotional tickets sold out in just a few hours, said the airline at a media conference on Thursday, January 7.
Flights from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv are on sale from February 12. Launching flights to Israel makes sense for the budget airline which already has a strong presence there. Wizz Air was one of the first airlines to move there when the country opened up to international flights. It has been operating out of Tel Aviv for six years, with a network covering 20 different destinations. The airline hopes to bring its market knowledge of Israel to the UAE.
Elsewhere, the low-cost airline has plans to fly to 13 destinations across 11 countries from its new base in the UAE capital. Launch dates have yet to be revealed, but tickets for at least six of these routes will go on sale in mid-February.
Wizz Air will fly from Abu Dhabi to:
- Tel Aviv
The low-cost airline will also look to add new routes to destinations across the GCC. Speaking at the media conference, Kees Van Schaick, managing director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said that the airline was watching Abu Dhabi's list of 'green' countries.
“We are living in a very dynamic environment. Now that we have a green country list where restrictions have been removed in Abu Dhabi, it doesn’t always mean the situation is the same on the way out where there may be quarantines etc. But we are monitoring the situation daily and have seen a move that more and more GCC countries are coming on to that ‘green’ country list.
"Once they do and to the extent we believe it is needed, we will start operating to those countries," he added.