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Abu Dhabi-Peshawar daily flights launched

Pakistani carrier Airblue also announces additional three flights every week to Lahore

Abu Dhabi-Peshawar daily flights launched
PAKISTANI CARRIER: Airblue launched its service from Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2008

Pakistani carrier Airblue has started operations last week of
a daily flight from the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi, to the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The launch of the new route, which
commenced on December 19, will bring the carrier's number of weekly flights
from Abu Dhabi to a total of 18, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said in
a statement on Sunday.

Pakistan’s largest private airline will operate its fleet of
new generation A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts to service the new route with a
daily flight.

The flights are
scheduled to depart Abu Dhabi at 06:00 am and arriving in Peshawar at 10:00 am
with returning flights departing Peshawar at 11:00 am to arrive to Abu Dhabi at
01:00 pm, ADAC said.

"Air Blue's new Abu Dhabi-Peshawar route will expand
the connection towards major population centres on the subcontinent. The
existing Lahore and Islamabad flights have been serving the needs of both our
local community and travellers from Pakistan, and this new route will improve
the choice and convenience we offer from Abu Dhabi International Airport,"
Ahmed Al Haddabi, senior vice president of airport operations at ADAC, said in
the statement.

Airblue launched its service from Abu Dhabi International
Airport in 2008 with four weekly flights to Lahore, followed shortly with
another direct service to Islamabad.

 The airline has also
announced an additional three flights to Lahore route, making this route daily in
a bid to serve the large Pakistani community in the UAE.

Raheel Ahmed, general manager of marketing at Air Blue,
said: "This new route to Peshawar will help satisfy the growing demand we
are experiencing. There are around 900,000 Pakistani nationals living in the
UAE, of which a large number live within easy reach of the airport in Abu
Dhabi. So we are sure of the success of this new route."

Peshawar is the capital of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province
and the administrative centre for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of
Pakistan.

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