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New Route of the Day (4 October 2022): Wizz Air Abu Dhabi between Abu Dhabi and Malé


Wizz Air Abu Dhabi (IATA code 5W) has recently operated its first service to the Maldives when it began 4-weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Malé. The inaugural flight on the 3,020-kilometre route took place on Tuesday 4 October using one of the airline’s five A321s. The other three flights each week depart the UAE on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Frequency is set to increase to 6-weekly in November with service then becoming daily from 1 December. Competition comes from Etihad Airways which offers a daily service utilising its 787-9s.

Known locally since 2017 as Velana International Airport, the gateway to the Maldives is also served by Emirates from Dubai (4-daily), flydubai from Dubai (3-daily), Gulf Air from Bahrain (daily), Qatar Airways from Doha (4-daily) and SAUDIA from both Jeddah (2-weekly) and Riyadh (2-weekly).

Since launching its first flights to Abu Dhabi in July 2020 (from Bucharest and Budapest), Wizz Air and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi have already introduced 40 routes from the UAE airport, of which 29 are operating this winter according to Cirium data. Destinations previously served but not being flown this winter include summer seasonal destinations in Greece, as well as airports in Russia and Ukraine.

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Number of destinations served daily set to increase

This month (October), Cirium data shows just Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tel Aviv (Israel) being served daily by Wizz Air from Abu Dhabi. However, by February these will be joined by Bahrain, Kuwait City (a new routes starting at the end of October), Malé and Muscat. By then, Wizz Air will be operating 115 weekly departures from Abu Dhabi. For comparison, Etihad Airways is set to operate 528 weekly departures in February and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi 123. In total, the airport is set to facilitate almost 1,000 weekly departures.

What they said

Michael Berlouis, Managing Director, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said: “As we continue with our expansion plans and work towards making Abu Dhabi a hub for aviation, the new route will help us connect more international tourists with the city and give them the opportunity to stop off and explore the amazing experiences it has to offer. It will also be operated by our fifth aircraft Airbus A321neo, which has recently been added to our brand new fleet, and offers the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint.”

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