Air Arabia heads to Iran

Tehran and Shiraz join the list of cities served by the Middle East’s first low budget airline.

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By  David Ingham Published  February 9, 2004

Air Arabia LLC, the Middle East’s first budget airline, has added Tehran and Shiraz in Iran to its list of destinations. The inaugural flight from Sharjah to Tehran took off on Friday, February 6 and flights to Shiraz are due to start on February 9. Tehran will be served three times a week, on Friday, Tuesday and Saturday, and flights to Shiraz will take off twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday. A one way ticket from Sharjah to Tehran starts from just Dhs150, excluding government taxes. “Air Arabia is committed to enabling customers who have not been able to afford air travel in the past to start travelling throughout the region and those who do travel to travel more frequently,” said Air Arabia’s chairman, HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Moh’d Al-Thani Air Arabia is a Sharjah government-owned airline whose business model is similar to that of ‘no frills’ airlines. Ticket prices are kept low by cutting out free meals and in-flight entertainment and keeping staffing levels to a minimum. Air Arabia already flies from Sharjah to cities in Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Qatar and Sri Lanka.

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