By Joanna Hartley
The move represents the budget airline's first route to a European Union country.
Air Arabia has announced it will be the first Middle East low cost carrier to fly to Athens, with plans to begin the route in April, it said in a press statement.
The move represents the budget carrier’s first foray into the European Union market, and brings the total number of destinations up to 45.
“Greece is an international tourist destination and is also an important economic centre in the Mediterranean region. There is significant passenger traffic between the country and the Middle East, particularly for tourism and business.
We are confident that Air Arabia’s non-stop flight to Greece will further enhance its popularity among the Middle East-based tourists,” said AK Nizar, head of the airlines commercial department.
Round trips will operate three times a week between the Greek capital’s Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and Air Arabia’s hub in Sharjah, UAE.
Flights will take off on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, departing Sharjah at 18:55 and arriving at Athens at 22:45. Return flights will depart Athens at 23:30 and arrive in Sharjah at 05:20.
The huge tickets costs of the Middle East airlines didn't stop despite market slowdown. Air Arabia is an outstanding service at an excellent price. I am still flying business class for long haul routes and for short ones I take Air Arabia and it's seats and service has nothing to envy to many standard economy class airlines.