Wizz Air Outlines Abu Dhabi Base and Announces Flight Routes

Low-cost airline Wizz Air has gone ahead with its plan to open a base in Abu Dhabi and announced flights from the Emirate to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Poland,

Abu Dhabi base

In December last year, Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air announced its plans to open a new base in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

It said it would work together with Abu Dhabi Development Holding (ADDH) in the launch of the new aviation company to connect the Emirate with cities across Eastern and Central Europe, although at the time no further details were given.

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A Wizz Air Airbus A320 at Nuremberg Airport. ©Paliparan

Route launch

Despite the ongoing corona virus (COVID-19) crisis, Wizz Air has decided to go full speed ahead with its expansion plan and has now announced new routes to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Poland from its soon-to-be-opened base.

According to local media, Wizz Air will start flying from Abu Dhabi to Budapest (Hungary) and Bucharest (Romania) starting June. In September, routes to Cluj-Napova (Romania), Katowice (Poland) and Sofia (Bulgaria) will follow as well.

The routes are still pending regulatory approval, but this should normally be a formality.

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The five new routes from Abu Dhabi: Sofia (SOF), Bucharest (OTP), Cluj-Napoca (CLJ), Budapest (BUD) and Katowice (KTW). ©Great Circle Mapper


Tickets can already be booked on the Wizz Air website. Flights from Bucharest to Abu Dhabi start at 234 RON (48.35 EUR) one-way for Wizz discount club members. Budapest to Abu Dhabi starts at 16,240 HUF (46 EUR) one-way for Wizz discount club members.

The flights from both Budapest and Bucharest to Abu Dhabi will be operated twice a week on Wednesday and Sunday.

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Bucharest to Abu Dhabi flights can already be booked from June onward.
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A one-way flight from Budapest to Abu Dhabi will cost you 16,240 HUF (46 EUR) if you are a Wizz discount club member.

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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