Budget airline Wizz Air will launch new routes from Saudi Arabia’s Dammam to the United Arab Emirates and key European cities, the airline announced on Wednesday.
The low-cost carrier, which operates a fleet of 142 Airbus A320 and A321 aircrafts, announced three new routes to Rome, Vienna and Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi route will be operated by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air’s joint venture airline with ADQ.
Launching in September 2022, the new destinations are the first step towards a growing presence in Saudi Arabia, the airline said.
Tickets for all routes are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting from as little as $26.
Last month Wizz Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment, supported by the Saudi National Air Connectivity Programme, to explore opportunities to develop the air market in the Kingdom, which wants to triple passenger traffic by 2030, and support the development of the Saudi Tourism Sector.
The airline said the MoU “reflects a shared vision between the parties on the potential Wizz Air could bring to the Kingdom to stimulate tourist demand, thereby making a significant contribution to Saudi Arabia’s planned growth.”
Robert Carey, president of Wizz Air, said: “Wizz Air is committed to increasing global connectivity to marvellous destinations with real opportunities for growth and expansion.”
“Saudi Arabia is a very exciting market and our expansion will bring ultra-low-cost travel to the Kingdom. Our regular flights to Dammam will provide year-round sun for tourists, and provide a mix of destinations for residents of the Kingdom.”
Carey said the MoU demonstrates the airlines’ “commitment to supporting travelers to and from Saudi by bringing in a new era of air travel with our ultra-low fares, point-to-point network, and high-quality onboard…