Air Arabia has now flown more than 10 million passengers since its launch in October 2003.The carrier passed the milestone at the end of June 2008.
In the first half of 2008, Air Arabia carried more than 1.6 million passengers, an increase of 33% compared to 1.2 million passengers in the corresponding period last year. Passenger average load factor - passengers carried as a proportion of available seats - for the first half of 2008 stood at 86%, a 3% increase compared to same period last year.
The company purchased three aircraft during the first half of this year and increased frequencies to its existing destinations. The airline also introduced four new destinations in the first six months of this year, including Kozhikode, India; New Delhi, India; Shiraz, Iran; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. This increases Air Arabia’s total network to 41 destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Central Asia.
“We are truly honoured by the ever-increasing number of people who have made Air Arabia their airline of choice for travel across this wide and vibrant region,” said AK Nizar, Head of Commercial Department, Air Arabia. “From day one, we remained focused on our initial promise to offer highly affordable air travel solutions, while never compromising safety, reliability and the very highest standards of service.
“As we continue to expand our list of destinations and grow our fleet, we hope to introduce even greater numbers of people to our award-winning service and competitively priced fares. We look forward to passing another 10 million passenger mark in a very short time.”