Air Arabia crosses five million passenger milestone

Air Arabia has reported that it carried 1.23 million passengers through the first half of 2007, a 57.9 per cent increase from the same period in 2006. Air Arabia is the first, and largest, low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa.

The carrier also said that it has flown five million passengers since its launch in October 2003.

Over a four-year period, Air Arabia has seen rapid growth and increasing popularity on its routes. Most recently, in July and August 2007, almost 500,000 passengers made Air Arabia their carrier of choice, up from 347,000 during the same period in 2006.

In India, Air Arabia connects Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thiruvanathapuram, Coimbatore and Bangalore to the Gulf and beyond. The airline has also received an extremely positive response from customers in India. For year 2006, the average number of passengers carried for India was 333,176 and for 2007, number of passengers carried so far is 293,026.

Kyle Haywood, commercial director, Air Arabia said: "We are immensely pleased to have reached this landmark in such a short period of time. The popularity of our airline is a testament to the need in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region for an LCC with the highest level of service possible. We feel we have achieved that in Air Arabia, as we celebrate today the five million passengers who made us their carrier of choice."

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qassimi, the ruler of Sharjah and member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates established Air Arabia in February 2003. The company began operations in October of the same year.

Based in Sharjah and with a fleet of ten Airbus A320 aircraft, Air Arabia serves 37 destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia, including Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Bangladesh and Yemen.