Travelling by air
The UAE's national airline is Etihad Airways. It flies from and to Abu Dhabi. Other airlines in the UAE are:
- Emirates Airlines and its low-cost carrier partner FlyDubai. Emirates flies from and to Dubai International Airport. FlyDubai departs from and arrive at both: Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport.
- Air Arabia - It flies from and to Sharjah International Airport. It is the first and the largest Low Cost Carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Rotana Jet- Established in late 2010 by H. H. Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Rotana Jet operates both executive charter and scheduled airline services. The airline offers operates domestic and international services from and to Abu Dhabi.
- Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is the UAE’s new air carrier. It was established in 2019 as a joint-venture between Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways and Sharjah's Air Arabia. In April 2020, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi received its ‘Air Operating Certificate’ (AOC), which allows it to start operating from Abu Dhabi as the UAE’s fifth airline. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will operate from Abu Dhabi International Airport as a low-cost passenger airline, following the business model of Air Arabia.
The new carrier will complement the services of Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi and cater to the growing low-cost travel market segment in the region.The new airline will start its operations from 14 July 2020 with direct flights to Alexandria and Sohag in Egypt. The inaugural flight will take off from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria on 14 July followed by flights to Sohag the next day.The carrier has been assigned the reservation code 3L by International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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