Air Arabia is the first low-cost airline from the Middle East and Africa to fly China. The carrier will start regular non-stop services from Sharjah to Urumqi, the largest city in Western China as of February 10, 2015.
Air Arabia will fly three times weekly to Urumqi from its main hub in Sharjah, UAE. Flights will depart Sharjah International Airport on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09:35, arriving at Urumqi International Airport at 18:15 that evening. Return flights will leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:45.
The flight schedule will slightly change between March 29 and October 24, 2015 as flights will depart Sharjah International Airport at 09:05, arriving at Urumqi International Airport at 18:10. Meanwhile, return flights will leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:20.
Urumqi is a modern industrial city of 3.3 million people and a major transportation hub in the region. It has been described as the gateway to the vast region of Xinjiang, which offers some of the best bazaars, hiking, outdoor sports and natural beauty in the country, as well as being the location of large oil and natural gas reserves.