Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a low-cost carrier based in the UAE capital, commenced operations between Abu Dhabi and Bahrain from yesterday. Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), welcomed the airline’s first flight to Bahrain, which departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arrived at BIA. The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.
The inaugural flight was greeted with a water salute upon arrival, with the Abu Dhabi delegation being received by BAC Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Commercial Officer Ayman Zainal, and other officials. They toured BIA’s recently opened new passenger terminal building before taking the flight back to 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, effective on Sunday, 5 September 2021. This announcement indicates a positive Q4 2021 outlook for the travel and tourism industry in Abu Dhabi. Travelers from Bahrain can connect to Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s other destinations such as Athens, Alexandria, Belgrade, Chisinau, Odessa, Sarajevo, Tirana and others.
BAC Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah said: “It is our pleasure to welcome Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to Bahrain International Airport and are certain it will be a popular choice with travelers at both ends of the route. Bahrain Airport Company is committed to strengthening our national airport’s global connections, particularly with our neighbours, 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.”
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi 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 corridor. 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!”
The flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) will operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.