The choice for commuters travelling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi consisted of taking a 150km drive, shell out Dh250 for a taxi or take a slow, inconvenient bus. However, you can now bypass the rush-hour race in a plane, thanks to Rotana Jet.
Domestic airline Rotana Jet will offer three round-trip flights a week from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, aimed at tourists and business travellers. The half-hour flight will be cheaper than a taxi – with one-way fares from Dh150 – and take a third of the time.
The convenience of a commuter flight will depend on boarding process and where people live.
The flight starting this week will take off from Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Airport at 9.25am and land at terminal two of Dubai International Airport at 9.55am on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Return flights will depart at 4.15pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 4.45pm. Travellers will need to arrive at the airport about half an hour early to check-in.
Rotana Jet is also introducing a flight from Dubai to Sir Bani Yas Island three times a week from Dh200 one way, targeting the tourist market.
Rotana Jet already operates a flight to Sir Bani Yas Island from Abu Dhabi, which is typically 80 to 90 per cent full. Its flights between Abu Dhabi and Fujairah are 60 to 70 per cent full.
via The National.