Air Arabia to fly to Saudi

Air Arabia, the Sharjah-based low-cost carrier is to begin flights to Saudi Arabia. From 20th June, the airline will fly twice a week to Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  June 12, 2004

Air Arabia, the Sharjah-based low-cost carrier is to begin flights to Saudi Arabia. From 20th June, the airline will fly twice a week to Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman from its base at Sharjah Airport. The new routes open up a potentially huge market for Air Arabia, which many thought would be closed off to the airline because of Saudi Arabia’s traditionally closed skies policies. However, the Kingdom is now liberalising its airspace, and it is seemingly now welcoming low-cost carriers. This move contrasts sharply with closed markets, like India, where Air Arabia’s attempts to launch services have been repeatedly rebuffed, and Dubai, which recently ruled out allowing low-cost services. “This is a major achievement for the first low-cost carrier in the region and I would like to thank the Saudi Arabian government and aviation authorities for their role in facilitating our operations and all their cooperation in making this achievement possible,” said His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Moh’d Al-Thani, Air Arabia’s Chairman “The addition of Saudi Arabia to our destination list now enables Air Arabia customers to travel to all countries with the GCC,” he added.

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