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Air Arabia adds third Russia route

UAE-based low-cost carrier will fly to Ufa twice a week starting from 2 October

Air Arabia adds third Russia route
Adel Ali, CEO, Air Arabia.

Low-cost carrier Air Arabia will begin flying to the Russian
city of Ufa from 2 October, marking the Sharjah-based airline’s third service
to the country following Moscow and Yekaterinburg.

The carrier will fly two weekly services between Sharjah and
Ufa on Tuesdays and Fridays. The service will leave Sharjah International
Airport at 18:55 UAE time and arrive at Ufa International Airport at 01:55. The
return service will leave the south-western Russian city at 02:55 local time,
arriving back in Sharjah at 05:55.

"We are pleased to introduce this new service to Ufa
which comes as part of our route expansion strategy in the Russian Federation
and Eastern Europe" said Adel Ali, CEO, Air Arabia.

In an interview with Arabian Business earlier this year, Ali
said Air Arabia was considering launching new routes into the Russia and CIS
markets.

“Russia overall is a very big market. For us we’re yet to
discover a lot of points [there]," Ali said. "It’s not year-round -
it’s more of a winter business. Moscow’s been good and obviously there’s a lot
other airports in Russia that we will be looking at."

Air Arabia, which now serves a network of 77 destinations, reported
a 31 percent increase in second quarter net profit to AED66m (US$18m) on the
back of increased passenger traffic, the airline said Tuesday.

Turnover for the three months ending June 30 increased 23
percent to AED729m while passengers rose 15 percent to 1.3m.

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