Air Arabia reports increasing demand for GCC destinations

26/08/2010 - Dubai Investment News
Air Arabia reports increasing demand for GCC destinations

Posted by Bob Brunskill

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced that passenger traffic between Sharjah and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) destinations grew by 16.8 per cent in the first half of 2010 compared to the same period last year.

According to figures from the airline, passenger traffic between the destinations hit 551,041 in the first six months of this year compared to the 471,828 recorded in the first half of 2009.

In addition, Air Arabia recorded an average seat load factor of 81.8 per cent during the period with a total of 83 flights per week from its hub in Sharjah to nine destinations in the GCC.

Adel Ali, chief executive officer at the company, said: "Air Arabia has embarked upon a phase of organic growth and we remain committed to providing affordable low-cost alternative to travel in the wider region."

Air Arabia began operations from its third hub in Alexandria, Egypt in June and announced a fourth hub in Jordan in collaboration with Tantash Group, an Amman-based investment company.