Thursday, February 6, 2014

Abu Dhabi ready for a low-cost carrier

Abu Dhabi: The infrastructure necessary to handle low-cost carriers is ready and waiting at Abu Dhabi International, the airport’s chief executive told Gulf News.
Tony Douglas of Abu Dhabi Airports Company said Terminal 2 “is pretty much set up for lower-cost offers,” adding that it would be suitable to services to the Indian subcontinent.
Abu Dhabi is the only major emirate currently without its own low-cost carrier. Whilst flydubai operate out of Dubai International and are said to play a supporting role to Emirates, Air Arabia has played a role in establishing Sharjah International. Publicly listed Air Arabia flies to 90 destinations and has hubs in Egypt, Morocco and will shortly launch in UAE emirate Ras Al Khaimah.
Douglas said that “it’s only a matter of time” that low-cost carriers are set up in Abu Dhabi.
“If you look at the evolution of most destinations that gain critical mass, it lends itself to present opportunities for different offers and different products, which lend itself to different airlines,” he said

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