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Air Arabia takes off to Athens
Air Arabia has begun non-stop service to the Greek capital Athens from its main hub in Sharjah, UAE. The launch is part of Air Arabia’s strategy to expand its operations to Europe.
The inaugural flight was marked by the attendance of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Development Authority.
Roundtrip flights will operate three times a week between Athens and Sharjah, making Air Arabia the first low-fare airline in the Middle East flying to Athens. Services operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, departing Sharjah at 18:55 and arriving in Athens at 22:45. Return flights will depart Athens at 23:30 and arrive in Sharjah at 05:20.
Air Arabia’s first destination in Greece is also its first destination in a European Union country and the third destination on the European continent. In total, Air Arabia now serves 46 destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Central Asia and Southern Europe.
AK Nizar, head of commercial department, Air Arabia, remarked, “Greece is one of the fastest growing economies in the EU, and there is considerable passenger traffic between the country and the Middle East, particularly for tourism and business. We are confident that Athens will serve as a great holiday, personal travel and business destination for our passengers.”
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