Routes and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Announce Strategic Partnership

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and Routes are delighted to announce an exclusive strategic partnership to help identify new destinations to add to Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s network.

Routes’ digital platform, Route Exchange, is continuing to play an important role in the recovery of the aviation industry, as airlines and airports around the world look to rebuild their networks and stimulate economic growth. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has launched its first Request for Proposals (RFP) via the Route Exchange platform to identify new routes to add to its initial network.

Routes says it is the brand leader for cultivating growth opportunities in network and route development within the aviation industry. With 25 years’ experience in assisting airports globally in developing new air services through conferences, data, training and consultancy, Routes will manage RFP process for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. Routes is part of Informa.

Wizz Air currently has a fleet of 132 aircraft and operates more than 900 routes to 164 airports in 46 countries. In December 2019, it was announced that the carrier would be setting up a new subsidiary, based at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi was jointly established by Wizz Air and ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi announced in July 2020 its initial route network launching six destinations from its base in Abu Dhabi. The carrier’s decision to use Route Exchange to grow its initial route network is underpinned by its desire to enter key growth markets across the Middle East, Africa, Central, and South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. With plans to expand its fleet to six aircraft within the first six months of operation and to grow significantly over coming years, the RFP will play an instrumental role in the carrier identifying new destinations to add to its network.  

“The RFP process will play an important role in developing our network, our operations and presence in Abu Dhabi. By working with Routes, we will be able to establish new routes from key growth markets and expand our initial route network,” said Kees Van Schaick, managing director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

“We believe the key to industry’s recovery lies in strategic collaboration, creativity and innovation,” Steven Small, director of Routes, said. “We’re delighted that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recognises the value of the Route Exchange platform to help it expand its initial network.”