By Andy Sambidge
UAE low-cost carrier posts 17.5% increase in passenger numbers, boosted by growing network
UAE-based Air Arabia has said that it carried a record 1.44 passengers in first quarter of 2013, a 17.5 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
The low-cost airline said the double-digit growth in passenger numbers was a testimony to the airline's growing network.
In the first quarter, the airline has launched flights from its primary hub in Sharjah to Sialkot in Pakistan, Baghdad in Iraq and Mattala in Sri Lanka.
The airline also increased frequencies to many exiting routes. Air Arabia currently serves 85 Global routes from its hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt.
"Air Arabia continues to witness significant growth in passenger numbers, and this demonstrates the popularity of the airline's value for money and excellent service," said Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia.
"Air Arabia will continue to set the standard for the low-cost travel segment, offering great fares to an ever growing range of destinations."
Air Arabia took delivery of two new sharklet equipped Airbus A320 aircraft in Q1. The delivery is part of an order of 44 aircraft placed in 2007.
The delivery of eth aircraft will be completed by 2016, and will more than double the size of Air Arabia's fleet.
Last week, the airline said it plans to launch non-stop services to Abha in Saudi Arabia.
Beginning May 22, 2013, Air Arabia will offer three weekly flights to Abha.