Posted on: 19 January 2015 by Mark Howells
From 10 February, Air Arabia will begin operating a three times weekly service between its hub in Sharjah and Urumqi – the largest city in Western China – becoming the first low-fare airline from the Middle East and Africa to enter the Chinese market.
Air Arabia CEO, Adel Ali, remarked, “The Chinese aviation sector has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years. We have had our eye on the Chinese market for some time and are now ready to begin regular services to one of the world’s great economies.
With a large population, strong economy and vibrant cultural scene, Urumqi represents an exciting first Chinese destination for us and we hope to add more routes over time. This is a major move for Air Arabia and an important step in strengthening connectivity between the rapidly growing economies of the Middle East and Asia,” Ali continued.
Air Arabia’s flights to Urumqi will depart Sharjah International Airport on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09:35, arriving at Urumqi International Airport at 18:15 that evening. Return flights will leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:45.
However, the flight schedule will slightly change between 29 March and 24 October 2015, as flights will depart Sharjah at 09:05, arriving at Urumqi at 18:10. Meanwhile, return flights will leave Urumqi on the same days at 19:05 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:20.