Air Arabia became the first Middle Eastern carrier to serve Kosovo, following the launch of flights to Pristina. Celebrating in Pristina were Albion Idrizi, Air Arabia's Representative in Kosovo; Mohamed Ahmed, Air Arabia's Group Director Operations; crew operating on the inaugural flight; Pristina Airport's Omer Sozener, COO; Ersen Shileku; Airport Coordination Manager; Jeton Istogu; Operations Control Center Manager.
- Air Arabia, which expanded its European reach from Sharjah (SHJ) with new services to the Ukraine and Russia in October, now also connects the third most populous city in the UAE and Pristina (PRN) in the Balkans. Beginning on 29 November, twice-weekly flights are offered on the 3,700-kilometre route to the Kosovo capital. Notably, Pristina is also Air Arabia’s western-most destination in Europe, where it operates to a total of 10 destinations, mostly in Russia and the Ukraine. Adel Ali, Air Arabia’s Group CEO, said: “Air Arabia is delighted to become the first UAE carrier to offer scheduled services to Kosovo. We are confident that our value-driven product will further strengthen the ties between the two countries.” In addition, Basra (BSR) is now the airline’s third destination in Iraq, following the October launch of services to Erbil (which won anna.aero’s Route of the Week prize) and to Najaf (April 2011). Thrice-weekly services commenced on 2 December.