UAE's Air Arabia says to launch new flights to Sarajevo

Air Arabia, the largest low cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced plans to add another European destination to its route network next month.

The airline said in a statement that it will launch direct flights between Sharjah and Sarajevo starting from March 18.

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is home to more than half a million people. The historic city, which was influenced by the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian empires, is a popular tourism destination throughout the year.

Adel Al Ali, Group CEO of Air Arabia, said: "Following 12 months of significant expansion, Air Arabia is delighted to begin 2016 with the launch of a new European service.

"Sarajevo is a great all-year-round destination and we anticipate very healthy demand for the service when it launches in March."

Flights will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the carrier said.

Air Arabia added 23 routes to its network in 2015 and became the first low-cost airline from the Middle East and Africa to enter the Chinese market with the launch of regular non-stop services to Urumqi, the largest city in Western China.

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