AIR Arabia, the first and largest low cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, will launch services to Bangladesh capital Dhaka from its hub in Sharjah starting from this month.
Dhaka marks Air Arabia’s second destination in Bangladesh, the other being Chittagong, which was introduced in June last year.
Initially, the airline will fly four times per week starting with its debut flight on June 8.
This will be Air Arabia’s 40th destination worldwide and the 17th destination in South Asia, said an airline official.
“With the opening of our newest destination in Dhaka, we will have developed the most comprehensive destination network in south Asia of any Middle East based carrier,” said AK Nizar, head of commercial department, Air Arabia.
“Our flights to both Dhaka and Chittagong represent a commitment to the Bangladeshi market, and recognition of its immense growth potential. With flights to these two cities, the two largest in Bangladesh, we serve the majority of Bangladeshis who wish to have the highest level of service for a competitively priced fare when they fly to the Middle East.”
Dhaka is the political and cultural centre of Bangladesh. It is also the largest city in Bangladesh with a population of 11 million.
With the addition of Dhaka, Air Arabia now serves the most populous city in almost every country in South Asia, with flights to Colombo, Mumbai, Karachi and Kathmandu from the LCC’s main hub in Sharjah.
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