Air Arabia plans to add ninth Saudi destination

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UAE-based low cost carrier Air Arabia has announced plans to add a ninth route to Saudi Arabia next month.

The budget airline said it would fly to Ha'il from August 1, offering three services a week from its hub in Sharjah.

The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Air Arabia said in a statement.

"We are delighted to add Ha'il as our ninth destination within the kingdom," said, Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia.

"Saudi Arabia is a key focus for us as we continue to expand our routes and destinations, three more flights on a weekly basis is another step in this plan."

In addition to Ha'il, Air Arabia operates non-stop flights to Riyadh, Jeddah, Madina, Dammam, Qassim, Yanbu, Taif and Abha.

The city of Ha'il is the capital of the Ha'il province in the North West of the kingdom. Ha'il is a historic Oasis city famous for its beautiful mountain scenery as well as its link to historical Hajj routes.

Last month, Air Arabia said it was considering the purchase of new narrow-body aircraft as it seeks a larger share of the Middle East low-cost travel market.

Ali told Bloomberg that the airline, that operates out of Sharjah International Airport, was looking at the Boeing 737 Max, the Airbus A320neo and the Bombardier C-Series.

The carrier in May reported a 20 percent rise in first quarter net profit.

The carrier made a net profit of AED59m ($16.06m), compared with AED49m in the same period in 2012.

Revenue for the quarter rose 22 percent to AED722m, adding that passenger traffic during the period was up 18 percent.

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