Air Arabia launched its inaugural service from Sharjah to Baku last month, marking the airline's first entry into Azerbaijan’s expanding travel market.
The inaugural flight left Sharjah International Airport onn a Thursday morning at 9 am local time, and arrived in Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev Airport Baku at 11:45 am, where the aircraft was ushered in with a traditional water canon salute upon landing.
Air Arabia stated that Azerbaijan will be served four times a week, under two flight timings: On Thursdays and Sundays, where the flight will depart Sharjah at 07:55 am to reach Baku at 10:50 am local time. The return flight will leave Baku at 11:30 am to reach Sharjah at 14:10pm.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flight will leave Sharjah at 2:55 pm to arrive in Baku at 5:50 pm local time, and depart Baku at 6:50 pm for its return trip, reaching Sharjah at 9:30 pm local time.
“We are delighted about the beginning of this service, now visitors to Azerbaijan from UAE are being given the finest opportunity to experience Azerbaijan as a destination of choice for authentic culture, nature and halal cuisine. We are also certain that this move by Air Arabia will contribute positively to the rapidly-growing tourism industry in Azerbaijan,” said Rashid AL Noori, chairman of the Representative Office of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan in the GCC.
Azerbaijan is a land where the East and West, and the past meets the future, with novel sights that include skyscrapers, breath-taking nature, and significant ancient sites. Other flights that operate to Azerbaijan include Azerbaijan Airlines AZAL, Fly Dubai, Al Jazeera Airlines, Qatar Airways and now, Air Arabia. Nationals from the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore get their visas on arrival. Other nationalities (81 countries) can apply for visas online in advance of travel at www.ourazerbaijan.com.
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