Air Arabia launched its first route to the Ukraine on 12 October, following in the footsteps of rival flydubai that recently also began serving Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.
- Air Arabia expanded its Sharjah (SHJ) network in the last week after lately having mostly focused on other bases across the group. In the footsteps of rival flydubai, Air Arabia now also focuses on Eastern Europe, having launched two new routes with its 162-seat A320s. The low-cost airline now also flies to the Ukraine, having launched a weekly service to Kharkiv (HRK), the country’s second-largest city, on 12 October. Indirect competition comes from flydubai’s recently launched twice-weekly Dubai operations to the city. Air Arabia also returned to the Moscow market on 14 October, launching three weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo (DME). The airline has previously served Moscow through Vnukovo Airport between December 2005 and May 2006. Indirect competition at nearby Dubai now comes from Emirates’ twice-daily and SriLankan Airlines’ twice-weekly flights as well as Aeroflot’s twice-daily flights from Moscow Sheremetyevo.