Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced Thursday, July 15 the start of its direct services from its latest hub in Alexandria, Egypt, to the UAE’s Capital Abu Dhabi.

Inaugural ceremony was held at Abu Dhabi International airport included officials from Egypt and the UAE as well as representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and the airline’s management. Roundtrip flights to Air Arabia’s fifth destination from its Egyptian hub will operate four times per week between Burj Al Arab International Airport, Alexandria, Egypt and Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The LCC will fly to Abu Dhabi on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights depart from Alexandria at 22.00 to arrive in Abu Dhabi at 02.40 the following day, and return flights depart from Abu Dhabi at 03:20, to arrive in Alexandria at 06:20 the same day.

“We are glad to announce the start of our services to the UAE’s Capital and one of the regions fastest growing cities,” said Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia. “We thank Abu Dhabi’s Civil Aviation Authority and ADAC for their continuous support. Abu Dhabi represents Air Arabia’s fifth destination from our month-old hub in Alexandria, Egypt, and we are confident of the strong demand for air travel between the two countries. Air Arabia will continue to offer best rates in the market along with the highest standards of service and value for money products.”

Ahmed Al Haddabi, Senior VP Operations, ADAC commented: “We are pleased to be welcoming Air Arabia’s inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport from Alexandria Egypt, which adds one more destination to our network. Air Arabia is the 5th new airline that ADAC has added to its portfolio this year and will be contributing to our continuing traffic growth. We look forward to seeing this route further develop since the Egyptian market as a whole has great potential.

“We are dedicated to extending the airport’s services to fit the needs of our local and transfer passengers, which in turn will support Abu Dhabi International Airport’s position as the ideal destination for regional and international airlines.”