07.07.2020 – 13:59 UTC
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi (3L, Abu Dhabi Int’l) will commence operations on July 14 using a pair of A320-200s initially. An airline statement said the start-up’s inaugural route will be a 3x weekly service from Abu Dhabi Int’l to Alexandria Borg el Arab followed by a weekly service to Sohag the day after.
“In these extraordinary times, it gives us great pride to launch Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier,” Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said. “This joint venture between Etihad and Air Arabia will offer greater convenience and direct access to the UAE’s thriving capital for new markets worldwide, beginning with two key Egyptian routes, and expanding in time.”
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is the fourth AOC in the Air Arabia stable of carriers after Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah), Air Arabia Egypt (E5, Alexandria Borg el Arab), and Air Arabia Maroc (3O, Casablanca Int’l). With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictive measures around the world, all…
08.06.2020 – 06:24 UTC
Air Arabia (G9, Sharjah) plans to lay off more staff in a second round of cuts that could affect 10% of its employees. A spokesman told Reuters on June 3 that the additional job cuts are due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and come as the airline reported a 1Q20 drop in revenue of 45%.
Air Arabia employs approximately 2,000 people and laid off 57 employees in May. “It is unfortunate that we had to take the decision to lay off a small number of our staff this week. This is the first time in our history that we were forced to do so taking into consideration the current market realities,” an airline spokesman said in May.
In a termination letter seen by Reuters, Air Arabia said the impact on global aviation by the virus was expected to continue for a “considerable period of time.”
Along with the United Arab Emirates’ other main airlines, Air Arabia suspended operations in March.
It reported a profitable first quarter, just before the impact of…