The Jordan unit of UAE-based Air Arabia has announced plans to launch a new route from Amman to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on April 14.
Flights will be operational three times weekly. This will be Air Arabia Jordan’s first expansion in 2016 and Riyadh will be the third Saudi Arabian city to be serviced by the carrier after Dammam and Jeddah, the airline said in a statement.
The flights will be operational on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, it added.
Riyadh is the capital and largest city in Saudi Arabia. It serves as the main financial hub of the country and maintains strong business relations with Jordan.
An Air Arabia Jordan spokesperson said: “We are excited to expand this year to Riyadh and continue increasing connectivity between the Levant and the GCC.
"We believe our proposition for being the best value carrier in the region will attract travellers to favour Air Arabia Jordan as their primary carrier. In a short span of time, we have grown significantly in Jordan and will continue to do so carrying forward into the year.”
Air Arabia Jordan commenced operations in Amman in early 2015. The carrier also flies to Erbil in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Sharam El Sheikh in Egypt, and Kuwait City in Kuwait.
The announcement is aligned with its strategy of expanding into the Middle East and becoming a key hub of its parent operator, Air Arabia, the statement added.
Last month, Air Arabia reported a net profit of AED531 million while turnover reached AED3.8 billion in 2015 with passenger numbers increasing by 12 percent to more than 7.6 million.
2015 was a year of significant route expansion with 23 routes added to the Air Arabia network, including its first in China with the launch of services to the city of Urumqi.
The airline also added its fifth international hub with the formation of Air Arabia Jordan and the opening of a fixed-based operation at Amman Queen Alia International Airport.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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