Air Arabia plans to start non-stop flights between Sharjah and Goa in India from April 16, 2009. The Sharjah-Goa-Sharjah flights will run three times per week between Dabolim International Airport in Goa and Air Arabia’s hub in Sharjah.
The Air-Arabia roundtrip Sharjah-Goa flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Sharjah-Goa flight will take off from Sharjah at 12:25 AM and land at Goa at 05:05 AM.
The Goa-Sharjah flight will depart Goa at 05:50 AM and arrive in Sharjah at 07:35 AM.
The cost of the Goa-Sharjah-Goa flight would range from Rs 13,000 to Rs 22,000 to and fro, a statement from Air Arabia said.
The Goa-Sharjah flight would also connect Goa to many parts of the United Arab Emirates in just three hours, according to Air Arabia.
The Sharjah-Goa flights would connect Kuwait, Doha, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and some other parts of the Persian Gulf region to Goa.
According to reports in the India media, travel agents expect Air Arabia’s Sharjah-Goa flights to carry around 55,000 passengers to and fro each month, especially since a large number of Goans working in the Gulf countries have their families based in Goa.
Air Arabia said it was planning to provide a tourist visa service for residents of Goa who wish to visit Sharjah.
Meanwhile, Air Arabia has announced special, low holiday fares from India to destinations in Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Jordan.
For the forthcoming holiday season, Air Arabia’s special fares from India would be Rs 18,525 to Egypt, Rs 23,085 to Turkey, Rs 19,950 to Jordan, and Rs 22,088 to Kenya.
In addition, Air Arabia, the first and the biggest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, would start services to Athens from April 21, 2009, and would offer special fares to passengers from India.
An official of Air Arabia told reporters in New Delhi that all the special fares would be inclusive of taxes and surcharges, but they would exclude airport user fees, service tax and agency handling charges.
The carrier has also announced return fares of Rs 10,973 to the United Arab Emirates, which, the official said “would make an international holiday almost as affordable as a domestic holiday.”
Air Arabia offers its passengers from India free hotel and car assistance as well as a baggage allowance of 30 kilograms. Apart from this, Air Arabia said, passengers would benefit from reduced charges for hotels and sightseeing tours when they book tickets on the carrier’s website.
At present, Air Arabia uses its fleet of 16 Airbus A-320 aircraft to operate direct services from its hub in Sharjah to the Indian cities of Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thiruvanathapuram, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kozhikode and Delhi.
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