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UAE's Air Arabia expands services to Qatar

Sharjah-based low cost carrier announces plan to launch triple daily flights to Doha

UAE's Air Arabia expands services to Qatar
Air Arabia

UAE-based Air Arabia on Monday announced an expansion of its services to Doha as it celebrated a decade of travel to Qatar.

The low-cost carrier said it has increased its existing twice daily services between Sharjah and Doha to three times daily, becoming one of the frequent fliers between the two countries.

Air Arabia, which entered Qatar with a regular service to Doha on January 6, 2004, said the number of weekly flights to Doha will go up to 21 non-stop services.

Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia , said: "We are delighted to celebrate the New Year by launching an additional flight to Doha, which has always been a key market for us.

"Having completed a decade long operations in this very exciting market is a key milestone for us, and it is ambition to further expand our services from Doha beyond Sharjah to connect Air Arabia 's other hubs."

Ali added: "As we continue to play a vital role in connecting the nations, we have ambitious plans to strengthen operations to all airports within the GCC, offering enormous choice for customers seeking to travel around the region, where air travel is the only viable mode of transport."

The airline now operates 154 weekly flights within the Gulf.

In November, Air Arabia, reported a 9 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Monday, missing analyst forecasts.

The Sharjah-based carrier made a net profit of AED206m ($56 million) in the third quarter, compared with AED226m in the corresponding period in 2012.

Three analysts polled by Reuters had forecast profit of AED241.3m for the quarter.

The low-cost carrier cited a seasonal slowdown in travel during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, which was from July to August this year.

Revenue reached AED854m, an increase of 6 percent from a year ago.

Air Arabia carried 1.5 million passengers in the quarter, an increase of 11 percent year-on-year, it said.

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