Air Arabia set to launch 10th route to Saudi Arabia

Sharjah-based carrier says it will start flights to Hofuf from November 18
Air Arabia set to launch 10th route to Saudi Arabia
Air Arabia
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 05 Nov 2013 08:32 PM

Air Arabia, the Sharjah-based low-cost carrier, said on Tuesday it plans to launch its 10th route to Saudi Arabia later this month.

The airline announced in a statement that it will start flights to Hofuf from November 18.

The four weekly flights to the Eastern Province in the kingdom marks the airline's 87th global destination, it added.

Air Arabia will offer services to Hofuf on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

"We are delighted to launch the regular service to Hofuf-Al Ahsa'a, which testifies our promise to expand our Kingdom-wide presence," said Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia.

"As we are committed to offering our value-for-money services to even more destinations in the Kingdom, we will continue to evaluate opportunities in this vibrant market. That said, we are confident that the increased air connectivity between the UAE and Saudi Arabia will further contribute to the ever strengthening social and economic ties between both nations."

Air Arabia currently operates over 80 non-stop weekly flights from its Sharjah hub to Riyadh, Jeddah, Madina, Dammam, Qassim, Yanbu, Taif, Hail and Abha in Saudi Arabia.

It also flies over 10 times weekly to Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah from its Alexandria hub in Egypt.

Ali last month said it is hoping to add two additional hubs over the next five years.

He told Arabian Business that Air Arabia was considering a series of options, but had not yet made a final decision as to where those additional hubs might be located.

In 2010, the airline signed a joint venture deal to launch a base in Jordan, but those plans never materialised.

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