Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has announced the launch of its thrice-a-week service to Bahrain from the UAE capital. The inaugural flight which took off from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) was greeted with a water cannon salute on landing at Bahrain International Airport.
The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries, said a statement from Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.
The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations.
Since its launch early this year, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has announced a wide range of exciting routes to and from the UAE capital. These include Athens, Alexandria, Bahrain, Belgrade, Odesa, Sarajevo, Tirana and a number of others (see full list of routes here), with demand expected to increase following the change in travel guidelines.
Managing Director Kees Van Schaick said: "Today is an important milestone for us at Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, and we are pleased to mark the occasion alongside our partners – Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC) and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC)."
"The addition of the Abu Dhabi-Manama route provides a low-fare travel option for those wishing to fly the popular Gulf travel route. This new destination is the first route to be added to our flying roster since this week’s update to the travel guidelines regarding vaccinated passengers – it is an exciting moment for us all!," he added.
Abu Dhabi Airports CEO Shareef Al Hashmi said: "Today is another great step forward in the transformation journey of Abu Dhabi International Airport into a global transport hub, and we congratulate our colleagues and partners at Wizz Air Abu Dhabi on their inaugural flight to Bahrain."
"This development will connect our customers to new and exciting destinations and has been made possible by the hard work of all our team, implementing our comprehensive health and safety programme, across all of Abu Dhabi airports," he added.
Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: "BAC is delighted to welcome Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to Bahrain International Airport and we are certain that it will be a popular choice with travellers at both ends of the route."
"BAC is committed to strengthening our national airport’s global connections, to help boost tourism and the GCC economies. This is also yet another indicator that travel for business and pleasure is returning to normality as travel restrictions ease," he added.
The flight to Bahrain International Airport (BIA) will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.-TradeArabia News Service