By Andy Sambidge
Low cost carrier says increase comes as it adds new destinations to network
Low cost carrier Air Arabia announced on Wednesday that it has carried 458,316 passengers in October, an increase of over 22 percent compared to the same month in 2011.
The airline also reported that the average seat load factor - passengers as a percentage of total seats available - for the month stood at 80 percent, registering an increase of three percent over the figure for October 2011.
"Combined with Eid break, which is a busy period for air travel across the region, October has seen Air Arabia adding set of new routes," said Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia.
"As we continue expanding into new markets, more customers continue to take full advantage of Air Arabia's affordable fares," he added.
Air Arabia recently added six new destinations to its ever growing network - Erbil in Iraq, Uffa and Rostov in Russia, Odessa in Ukraine, Pristina in Kosovo and Astana in Kazakhstan.
The carrier also expanded operations from its Moroccan hub and launched new flights between Morocco and London, bringing Air Arabia's global network to reach 81 destinations.
Last month, Air Arabia said that it has taken delivery of two new A320 aircraft from Airbus, bringing the total fleet to 31.
Air Arabia, which is celebrating its ninth anniversary, has now taken delivery of 13 out of 44 A320 aircraft ordered in 2007.
The low-cost carrier said it expects another aircraft to be delivered before the end of the year.
The delivery of the 44 new aircraft will be completed by 2016, which will take the carrier's fleet up to more than 50 aircraft.