In a press release, Air Arabia, the Middle East’s most prominent low-cost carrier, that currently flies to 130 destinations across the world announced that from the 27th of June 2018, they are adding a route to the Izmir airport of Aegean Turkey.
The route will use an Airbus A320 craft and run twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. More importantly, the added course is the first time, an airline has connected Izmir and UAE passengers with direct flights.
It also marks their fifth destination in Turkey, adding to exisiting flight schedules that cover all corners of Turkey including Antalya on the southern Mediterranean coast, Bodrum in the western Aegean region, the North East district of Trabzon and Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.
Departing at 21.05 hours from Sharjah airport (SHJ), the flight will land at Adnan Menderes Izmir airport (ADB) at 00.50 a.m. Return flights will leave Izmir at 1.30 a.m., and land at 6.50 a.m. in Sharjah airport.
Announcing that the new route is timed to coincide with the summer school holidays, the GCEO Adel Al Ali added that their mission to help people explore new destinations at affordable prices is part of their inspiration for the new schedule.
Using Sharjah international airport as its headquarters, Air Arabia launched in the latter half of 2003 with the sole purpose of being a low-cost airline carrier.
Selling flights and extras travel services from and across North Africa and the Middle East, in 2010, they also entered into a joint venture to form Air Arabia Egypt, and in 2015, bought shares in the Jordanian Petra airlines.
Other ventures have seen them enter the Moroccan and Nepal aviation industries. Its financial records for 2017 revealed a 30% profit and growth of 21 new routes. The airline also runs a charity group giving education and healthcare services to small communities across the Asia and Africa.
Named after a former Prime Minister, the Izmir Adnan Menderes airport serves most of the Aegean coast of Turkey, that is a popular holiday destination for both international and domestic tourists. It also has a sizeable expat population of many nationalities.
Serving 12 million passengers a year, it is the fifth busiest airport in Turkey for international traffic and fourth busiest for domestic travel.
As well as accommodating business travellers, many leisure passengers fly into Izmir specifically to visit the world-famous ancient ruins of Ephesus city, one of the top three most visited attractions in Turkey.