On 27 February, Sharjah Airport celebrated with a special ceremony the launch of Air Arabia’s fourth route to Egypt. Marking the inaugural flight to Cairo were senior officials from Air Arabia and Ihab Emam Hamouda, the Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE.
- Air Arabia, the low-cost carrier that turned 10 in October, expanded its presence in Egypt with a new service from its Sharjah (SHJ) base to Cairo (CAI) on 27 February. The 2,419-kilometre sector to the capital of Egypt will be served thrice-weekly, utilising the airline’s 162-seat A320s. The LCC’s fourth route to Egypt will face competition from Egyptair’s four weekly flights. Commenting on the launch, Adel Ali, CEO, Air Arabia, said: “We are very proud to have launched our inaugural flight to Cairo, marking our fourth destination in Egypt and 90th worldwide. This first flight marks the start of three weekly flights to the Egyptian capital, which is a significant destination for us in terms of strengthening our connectivity with the country and enhancing bilateral ties between Egypt and the UAE. The addition of Cairo as our latest destination will benefit tourists wishing to explore the historic city, and the rest of the country, as well as providing convenient and affordable flights for Egyptians living in the UAE wishing to travel home.”