Air Arabia ‘Egypt,’ an Alexandria-based Air Arabia Group company and Egypt’s new low cost carrier (LCC) held an official ceremony on June 1st in Cairo to mark the carrier’s launch. The event was attended by officials from Egypt and UAE along with members of public and trade sector.

Based at Burj Al Arab International Airport in Alexandria, Air Arabia ‘Egypt’ first commercial flight took off the skies on June 1st , 2010 to Khartoum, to be followed by flights to Kuwait , Amman and Beirut.

A joint venture between Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Travco Group, the Middle East’s largest travel and hospitality group, Air Arabia ‘Egypt’ will shortly plans to expand further its range of destinations from Alexandria Burj Al Arab Airport to key cities across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of operations of Air Arabia ‘Egypt,’ the newest member of the rapidly growing Air Arabia family of companies. Complementing our existing operations in the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, this new low-cost carrier will provide the same consistently high level of service, operational reliability and value-for-money fares that have become the hallmark of Air Arabia. We thank the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority and the management of Burj Al Arab International Airport as well as all our strategic partners for marking the launch of Air Arabia ‘Egypt’”.

He continued: “Working together with the Travco Group, with whom we share a vision of facilitating the economic growth and positive contribution to the Egyptian tourism sector, we remain committed to creating further opportunities for affordable and reliable travel across this young and vibrant region.”

“Today represents a milestone in the history of the travel and hospitality industry here in Egypt – and for all of us at the Travco Group and Air Arabia,” said Hamed El Chiaty, Chairman and CEO of the Travco Group. “For more than three decades, we have focused on fostering the development of an umbrella of brands that contribute to the diversification of the domestic tourism industry, which is so vital to the Egyptian economy.

“With the launch of Air Arabia ‘Egypt,’ we further expand the opportunities for travelers from across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to visit the Arab world’s most-populous nation, whether for business, leisure or personal reasons, while also increasing opportunities for Egypt-based individuals and companies to reach out across the markets we serve,” he said. “Together with Air Arabia, we look forward to further expanding the range of destinations and services provided by Air Arabia ‘Egypt’ in the months and years to come.”

Building upon Air Arabia’s existing service to 60 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Air Arabia ‘Egypt’ is now contributing to the ongoing development of the Egyptian travel and tourism sector, while also offering a larger base of customers the best value-for-money air travel options.