Air Arabia connects Bangalore and Sharjah

Mumbai: Air Arabia, the first international low-cost airline to fly to India, has announced that it will start services to Bangalore from 15th October 2007, operating four flights a week between this city, India''s IT capital, and its hub in Sharjah. Bangalore will also become the airline''s ninth destination in India.

Air Arabia already connects Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Nagpur and Thiruvanathapuram to the Gulf. From 1st October 2007 it also began operations to the south Indian city of Coimbatore.

Air Arabia is a pioneering, and also the largest, low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, commencing operations in 2003.

Flights to Bangalore will leave Sharjah at 22:50PM local time and arrive in Bangalore at 04:20AM local time. Return flights will leave Bangalore at 05:05AM local time and arrive in Sharjah at 07:50AM local time.

Connecting with Bangalore, takes Air Arabia''s total number of destinations to 37, a network that stretches from Eastern Europe, through the Middle East and North Africa, to South Asia. In South Asia, Bangalore becomes Air Arabia''s 12th destination, making the carrier one of the leading LCCs serving this growing region.

Kyle Haywood, marketing director of Air Arabia, added: "We are pleased to add Bangalore to our low-cost flight network within India. With the large Indian expatriate population living in the Gulf countries, this new flight route represents even more low-cost convenience for those who have family, friends and homes in both these regions."