Air Arabia cuts fares on Bangalore-Sharjah route

Sunday, February 1, 2009, 9:22 by Aviation Correspondent

Air Arabia, the low-cost airline based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has announced reduced fares for its Bangalore-Sharjah route starting from Rs 1,340 excluding taxes.

Air Arabia, which is also the biggest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa region, had launched services from Sharjah to Bangalore in October 2007 and the service has recorded an average seat factor of 82%.
The booking for the special fares on the Bangalore-Sharjah route would be open till January 31, 2009, for a travel period till March 31, 2009, A K Nizar, head of the commercial department of Air Arabia, told reporters.

The special fares, he added, would be open for a “considerable number of seats” and the price would rise once these seats are booked.

The return fare from Sharjah to Bangalore would come to Rs 3,000 plus taxes, and the fare for the Bangalore-Sharjah route would be a around Rs 5000, inclusive of taxes.
The Bangalore-Sharjah route is the airline’s second route in India to offer special fares, following the Hyderabad-Sharjah route.

The special fares for the Hyderabad-Sharjah route starts from Rs 1,340 exclusive of taxes. Air Arabia operates 95 flights a week between Sharjah and Hyderabad, with a flight daily out of Hyderabad.

Air Arabia, which has its main base at Sharjah International Airport, operates 95 flights a week from 12 destinations in India.

The carrier flies directly from its hub in Sharjah to Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Thiruvanathapuram, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, and Delhi. “This represents the most comprehensive destination network in India of any Middle Eastern airline, as Air Arabia continues to demonstrate its unmatched commitment to India,” Air Arabia said in a statement.
The airline said it was “extremely happy” with the positive response it has received from Bangalore. “As a part of our commitment to the Indian market, we will continue to offer unique packages which would make travel to Sharjah affordable.”
The statement from Air Arabia said that the airline was planning tie-ups with hotels to offer special packages.

At present, Air Arabia has a fleet of 16 Airbus A320 aircraft (leased and owned) and operates regular flights to 44 destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.