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Air Arabia to fly on Bangalore-Sharjah route

business Updated: Oct 10, 2007 14:56 IST

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Air Arabia, the UAE-based low-cost international airline, will operate four flights a week on the Sharjah-Bangalore route, linking the Gulf city with India's silicon hub from Oct 15.

According to the airline's statement here Wednesday, an Airbus (A320-200) will depart Sharjah at 22:50 local time and arrive in Bangalore at 04:20 Indian Standard Time (IST). The return flight will leave Bangalore at 05:05 IST and reach Sharjah at 07:50 local time.

The flights will be operated on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

"We hope to increase the frequency after passenger load factor picks up momentum in coming months. Bangalore will be our ninth destination in the sub-continent to be connected to the UAE and other countries through Sharjah," Air Arabia commercial director Kyole Haywood said in the statement.

"The new service is being introduced to meet growing traffic demands between India and the Gulf, riding on the economic boom in both regions," he added.

The airline already connects Ahmedabad, Chennai, Coimbatore Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram to Gulf cities.

Set up in Feb 2003, the airline is owned jointly by the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department and the Sharjah Airport Authority, with 60 percent and 40 percent holding respectively.

As the first low-fare airline in the region, Air Arabia operates scheduled services to 32 destinations across West Asia, North Africa, Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

Based at Sharjah international airport, Air Arabia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation.