Wizz Air Abu Dhabi inaugurates its maiden flight to Samarkand, a historic destination at the crossroads of culture on the Silk Road, expanding convenient and affordable travel for all
The new route offers hassle-free point-to-point travel for tourists and residents of both the UAE and Uzbekistan. — Photo provided
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s national ultra-low-fares airline, has commenced operations on Abu Dhabi’s exciting new route to the ancient city of Samarkand, the second largest city in Uzbekistan located in the melting pot of cultures and religions.
The new route offers hassle-free point-to-point travel for tourists and residents of both the UAE and Uzbekistan. Tickets are on sale on wizzair.com and on the airline’s mobile app with fares starting at Dh179.
“We welcome our seventh and eighth aircraft and are delighted to expand our ever-growing network in Central Asia, a key growth market for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. The new route to the must-see historic region will be operated by two new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft that have recently been added to our fleet,” said Michael Berlouis, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.
Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world and among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich in historical heritage.
Located on the ancient trade route that connected China to the Mediterranean, Samarkand is an important center of human civilization with a breathtaking culture. Its must-see list of attractions includes stunning mausoleums and the incredible madrassas with the Registan, the centerpiece of the city, arguably the most impressive site in Central Asia.
Berlouis said Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is committed to supporting the long-term growth of the UAE’s travel and tourism sector by providing an eclectic mix of stunning new destinations.
“We are continuing to offer more convenient and affordable travel options for everyone and look forward to seeing you on board our young and sustainable aircraft soon.”
The national airline now flies to more than 36 destinations within a five-hour flight radius of Abu Dhabi, since launching in January 2021. The flight from Samarkand to Abu Dhabi operates on Tuesdays and Saturdays, increasing frequency to three times a week in 2023 .
“We are delighted to welcome our newest partner, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, whose direct flights between the ancient city of Samarkand and the UAE commenced today, marking a significant event for aviation and tourism in the Uzbekistan,” said Anton Khodjayan, CEO of Air Marakanda. .
He said that the Air Marakanda team has been working hard to make this happen, as it opens up new travel opportunities for residents of Samarkand and the area and will attract tourists from the Middle East to our beautiful city.
“I assure you that we at Air Marakanda will do everything possible to ensure the comfort and convenience of our new guests,” he said.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi offers ultra low fare, hassle free and efficient travel options to Samarkand and Tashkent in Uzbekistan, Almaty and Nur Sultan in Kazakhstan, Alexandria and Sohag in Egypt, Muscat and Salalah in Oman, Amman and Aqaba in Jordan, Baku (Azerbaijan), Ankara (Turkey), Athens (Greece), Belgrade (Serbia), Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait City (Kuwait), Kutaisi (Georgia), Manama (Bahrain), Malé (Maldives), Santorini (Greece) , Sarajevo (Bosnia), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Tirana (Albania) and Yerevan (Armenia), among others.
The airline has a young fleet of eight brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, offering the lowest fuel consumption, emissions and noise footprint. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the lowest environmental footprint among its competitors in the region, supporting the airline’s long-term commitment to sustainability.