The UAE government has decided to approve Air Arabia Abu Dhabi as a national carrier, official news agency WAM reported.
The decision was made during the UAE Cabinet’s first meeting in 2020, which was chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The move is primarily to strengthen the country’s aviation sector in view of future development plans, a statement said.
It also highlights the government’s ongoing support to all businesses involved in civil aviation activities in line with the country’s development directives, the statement added.
Last year, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Group and Sharjah-based Air Arabia announced a partnership to establish an independent joint venture (JV) company that would operate Air Arabia Abu Dhabi with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s board will consist of members nominated by both the airlines.
The new low-cost carrier also intends to focus on flights between India and Abu Dhabi following the collapse of Jet Airways.