By Sarah Townsend
Sharjah-based carrier to operate four weekly flights from March 2017
The Middle East’s largest low-cost carrier, Air Arabia, said it plans to expand its international network with a new service to Baku, Azerbaijan.
The airline said it would operate four weekly flights from its primary hub at Sharjah International Airport from March 23 2017.
The launch of the new flights follows a joint cooperation agreement between Air Arabia, Azerbajian Airlines and interested local authorities.
On Thursdays and Sundays, the flight will depart Sharjah at 0755 and arrive at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku at 1050 local time, with the return flight scheduled from Baku at 1130, arriving in Sharjah at 1410 local time.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flight will depart from Sharjah at 1455 to land in Baku at 1750 local time. The return journey will leave Baku at 1850 and land back at Sharjah at 2130 local time.
Air Arabia said Baku represented a city on the “crossroads of Europe and Asia”, with demand from business travellers and tourists alike. It recently played host to the European Grand Prix, and has also been named a host for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
The airline’s CEO, Adel Al Ali, said: “Baku offers an exciting proposition as a gateway to witness the confluence of history and modern urbanism.
“By adding this emerging destination to our growing network, Air Arabia will facilitate greater trade and tourism between the two countries.
Air Arabia currently operates a total fleet of 43 Airbus A320 aircraft, serving 120 routes from five hubs in the UAE, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.