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Air Arabia to start flights to Saudi city of Gassim

UAE low-cost carrier will operate four times a week to the Saudi city from July 15

Air Arabia to start flights to Saudi city of Gassim

Air Arabia, the Middle East’s biggest low-cost carrier, is to commence scheduled flights to the Saudi Arabian city of Gassim on July 15, the carrier announced on Monday.

Operating from its UAE base in Sharjah, Air Arabia will operate four weekly flights to Gassim.

“We are extremely pleased to introduce our new service between Sharjah and Gassim, which marks the fifth destination in Saudi Arabia reachable via Air Arabia,” said AK Nizar, head of commercial department at Air Arabia.

“As we approach the holy month of Ramadan, we are pleased to offer one more way to help bring friends and families together for the holidays.”

In May, Air Arabia posted a 12 percent decline in first-quarter net profit as rising fuel costs and political unrest put pressure on margins.

The low-cost carrier saw a net profit of AED44.2m for the three months to March 31, down from AED50m in the same period a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter rose six percent to AED513m, up from AED482m in the year-earlier period.

Air Arabia said it carried 1.2 million passengers in the first quarter, a rise of 11 percent on the same period a year earlier. Average seat load factor rose 6 percent to 85 percent.

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