Air Arabia Abu Dhabi Celebrates its One Millionth Passenger

An Air Arabia Abu Dhabi A320 in flight.
Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – This week, UAE’s first low-cost carrier Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, marked a major milestone – celebrating its one millionth passenger at Abu Dhabi International Airport since it launched its operation in July 2020.

Having only recently celebrated its second successful year of operations, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has now flown one million passengers on over 8,000 flights out of its main hub in the UAE capital city airport.

To mark the occasion, the airline surprised its one millionth passenger with the prize of an unlimited number of return tickets, free of charge to any destination of choice for a period of 12 months.

The lucky winner was greeted at Abu Dhabi International Airport by airline and airport staff whilst checking in for his flight 3L714 departing to Tbilisi and was gifted the prize.

An expanding route network


This most recent milestone follows a steady rise in passenger numbers powered by the carrier’s expanding route network and cost-competitive air travel services offered direct from Abu Dhabi. The airline is currently servicing 25 destinations from its main base.

Management statements


Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has performed exceptionally well in a short span of time, highlighting the growing demand for low-cost travel.”

“At Abu Dhabi Airports, we are committed to working with our partner airlines to provide our passengers with enhanced connectivity and a seamless travel experience.”

“With the aviation industry now gaining robust momentum worldwide, we are confident Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will continue to achieve milestone records.”

Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “Welcoming Air Arabia Abu Dhabi one millionth passenger onboard our flight today is a testament to the strength of our value-driven product we offer our customers.”

“We are proud to be celebrating this milestone just two years after launching the airline, during the midst of global pandemic, which reflects our confidence in the fundamentals of the aviation sector,”

“And our commitment to support Abu Dhabi’s travel and tourism growth by providing residents and tourists with a cost-effective travel option backed by world-class service standards.”

About Air Arabia Abu Dhabi


Since it first began operations in July 2020, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s fleet has grown from 2 Airbus A320 aircraft at commencement to 8 aircraft as of today. Additional aircrafts are expected to join the fleet before the end of this year.

The airline marked the commencement of operations with a first flight to Alexandria in Egypt on July 14, 2020. A second flight the following day was made to the Nile city of Sohag.

Since then, its route network has grown to cover 24 routes across Egypt, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Nepal, Sudan, Pakistan, Oman, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia.


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