Air Arabia adds China to its network

Air Arabia’s Sharjah to Urumqi

Air Arabia - Urumqi

Air Arabia will fly thrice-weekly to Urumqi from its main hub in Sharjah. Flights will depart Sharjah on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09:35, arriving in China at 18:15. Return flights will leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:45.

  • Air Arabia created a piece of history this week becoming the first LCC from the Middle East and Africa to enter the Chinese market. Starting on 10 February, the carrier flies non-stop services from its Sharjah (SHJ) base to Urumqi (URC), the largest city in Western China. The thrice-weekly, A320-operated city pair will see the airline face no direct competition on the 3,542-kilometre sector. “The Chinese aviation sector has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years and we are delighted to be the first low-cost carrier from the MENA region to play an important role in this incredible story,” said Adel A. Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia. “We have had our eye on the Chinese market for some time and are now ready to begin regular services to one of the world’s great economies. With a large population, strong economy and vibrant cultural scene, Urumqi represents an exciting first Chinese destination for us and we hope to add more routes over time. This is a major move for Air Arabia and an important step in strengthening connectivity between the rapidly growing economies of the Middle East and Asia.”

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