(MENAFN Editorial) After completing a successful decade of operations in Qatar, Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that the expansion of its services to Doha. The airline 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 entered Qatar with a regular service to Doha on January 6, 2004. Over the past decade, the airline continued to enjoy good performance on the Sharjah-Doha route which resulted in the airline expanding its services from a few weekly flights to three times daily. With the additional frequency, the number of weekly flights to Doha will go up to 21 non-stop services, which depart Sharjah International Airport daily at 08:20, 15:30, and 18:30. Return flights depart Doha daily at 09:20, 16:30, and 19:30.
Commenting on the occasion, Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: "We are delighted to celebrate the New Year by launchingan 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: "Since inception in 2003, we have been committed to the improve intra-GCC connectivity to most major destinations in the Gulf. 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 strengthening of Qatar services further cements Air Arabia's position as the leading low-cost carrier to GCC markets. In 10 years of operations, Air Arabia's network has expanded to serve over 15 destinations in the GCC from hubs in the UAE and Egypt, with further expansion plans along the way. The airline now operates 154 weekly flights within the Gulf.