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Old August 10th, 2017, 08:09 AM   #1
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Low-cost appeal remains strong for Air Arabia
Fourteen years after first taking to the skies, there appears to be no slowdown in demand for Air Arabia’s low-cost model across the Middle East and North Africa.

Operational efficiencies coupled with a “robust growth strategy” helped Air Arabia to enjoy a solid financial performance during the first-half of the year, chairman Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani has affirmed, as the low-cost carrier added 12 new routes to its network.

Based at Sharjah International Airport, the airline serves a destination network of 130 routes across the world from its five operating hubs in the UAE, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan. Services launched in 2017 have included flights to Hargeisa, Somaliland, and Salalah, Oman, while the carrier took delivery of two new Airbus A320 aircraft.

“The first half of this year has seen Air Arabia continue its robust growth by launching new routes and increasing capacity across its operating hubs while remaining focused on driving operating cost margins lower by the day,” said Al Thani.

“We are confident about the appeal of low cost travel in general and Air Arabia services in particular across the markets we operate in.”

And Al Thani has every reason to be bullish. Although Air Arabia’s share price dipped during the first-half of 2017, the listed carrier posted robust financial figures for the six months to 30 June as passenger numbers remained healthy.

Net profit for the first-half stood at $71.1m, up 7 per cent compared to the corresponding period of 2016. The LCC served more than 4.1 million passengers during that time.

Although Air Arabia has been affected by the ongoing diplomatic ban imposed in June by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain on flights to and from Qatar, the carrier could seek to up capacity on routes where there is duplication with Qatar Airways during the second half of the year.

According to figures from OAG, total available seat capacity across Air Arabia and its Egypt, Jordan and Maroc subsidiaries rose by 6 percent in the first half of 2017, compared with the same period a year earlier.

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Ras-al Khaimah gaining momentum after “one of the greatest turnarounds in regional aviation history”
Four years after being hit hard by the collapse of RAK Airways, RKT's CEO Mohammed Qazi explains how the airport has turned its fortunes around

Four years ago Ras-al Khaimah’s national carrier RAK Airways was one of the high-profile aviation casualties of the global financial crisis.

Launching in 2007, the airline did not enjoy the same economic insulation as its more established UAE cousins, and after an unsuccessful attempt to relaunch in 2010 following shutdown a year earlier, it finally closed operations on the first day of 2014.


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For Ras-al Khaimah (RKT) airport this was nothing short of a crisis. Left with no regular operations taking place it was forced to take stock and “hit the restart button”, in the words of CEO Mohammed Qazi.

“The strategy was simple,” he told Routesonline. “Raise awareness, control costs, provide most competitive commercial packages, improve operational efficiency, invest in technology, enhance passenger experience, build close working relationship with the airlines, create differentiation, target low cost and charters, promote tourism, identify gaps, have a long term vision and remain relentlessly focused.”

Simple, then. Although the task was onerous, Qazi explained that with “hard work by the team and a tremendous amount of support from the government”, the airport was able to tackle it head on and complete what he describes as “one of the greatest turnarounds in regional aviation history”.

This started by securing a deal with Air Arabia, the region’s largest low-cost airline. “They started with ten routes and increased frequencies over the years,” said Qazi. This has been followed up by further network growth.

“Air India Express was one the airline which started in 2016,” he said. “Recently another scheduled operation started for the first time in history of RKT Airport providing direct connectivity from Europe through Smart Wings.

“On the charter front we attracted Enter Air, Ural Airlines and Travel Service, and in 2017 the charters continued throughout the summer months for the first time in our history too.”

The airline’s cargo development has been even more impressive, with a rise of almost 80 percent in 2016 followed up by 15 percent growth thus far in 2017.

“Two new freighter airlines have based their aircrafts in RAK and we are expecting Egypt Air Cargo to make RKT a scheduled feature too after having a few ad hoc flights,” added Qazi.

Aligned with this, RKT has successfully managed to attract MRO companies for line and base maintenance on narrow body aircrafts, as well as “taking the lead in aircraft lifecycle management in the region”.

“RAK Airport has broken all previous records in terms of passenger volumes, aircraft movements and cargo tonnage, while operating in one of the most competitive aviation landscapes in the world,” said Qazi.

“RAK Airport has become the most successful airport in the region without its own national airline.”
This remarkable turnaround story does not end with this growth, however, but with even more of the ambition, hard work and tenacity which set it in motion.

“We would like to be airport of choice for low costs and charter operators,” said Qazi. “Our target includes all airlines that are currently operating into UAE to switch their operations to RKT because we specialise in this.”

“Our infrastructure is designed to cater for such operations with no airway bridges, short walking distances for passengers, quick turnarounds for airlines, limited slot restrictions and accessible airspace.

In addition the airport offers “the best prices and above all a very approachable and flexible working relationship with all our clients”, added Qazi. It is also targeting further growth in Eastern Europe as one of its key markets.

“Our model is designed towards efficiency, which is what all airlines are looking for. We are one of the fastest growing airports within the UAE. Small airports bring a very different flavour to the mix and provide much-needed choice to the airlines; going to hubs is only beneficial under specific circumstances.

“If you are point to point carrier, an LCC, a charter operator or looking for tech-stops, and looking for a good deal, then RAK Airport is certainly one for consideration.”

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Air Arabia schedules one-way Nairobi – Ras al-Khaimah service in Aug 2017
By Jim Liu
Posted 3 August 2017 07:00
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Air Arabia during the month of August 2017 filed operational schedule for one-way Nairobi – Ras al-Khaimah service, with Airbus A320 aircraft operating daily flight, from 20AUG17 to 26AUG17. Operational schedule is listed on the airline’s web booking system, however reservation is not open.

G9735 NBO0555 – 1155RKT 320 D
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Air Arabia adds Sohar service from July 2017
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Posted19 July 2017 04:30
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Air Arabia earlier this month commenced new service to Sohar, its 3rd destination in Oman. The airline commenced Sharjah – Sohar route on 09JUL17, with Airbus A320 aircraft operating 4 weekly flights. Planned schedule as follow.

G9237 SHJ0800 – 0840OHS 320 x456
G9238 OHS0920 – 1000SHJ 320 x456

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Air Arabia adds Somalia service from July 2017
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Posted23 June 2017 06:30
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Air Arabia starting next month plans to launch service to Somalia, announced by the carrier earlier this month. The airline plans to operate Sharjah – Hargeisa route twice a week with Airbus A320 aircraft, effective from 04JUL17.

G9711 SHJ0345 – 0615HGA 320 25
G9712 HGA0655 – 1125SHJ 320 25

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Air Arabia boosts Trabzon service in 3Q17
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Posted30 June 2017 03:00
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Air Arabia starting this Sunday (02JUL17) is increasing Sharjah – Trabzon seasonal service, as the airline expands operational frequency from 3 weekly to 5 weekly. The frequency increase is in effect until 05SEP17. In addition, selected dates between July and September 2017 will also see additional flights being added.

The following schedule only covers the regular 5 weekly flights. Additional flights on selected dates is being excluded in the listing below.

G9289 SHJ1315 – 1550TZX 320 2
G9289 SHJ1635 – 1910TZX 320 7
G9287 SHJ2145 – 0020+1TZX 320 135

G9288 TZX0100 – 0515SHJ 320 246
G9280 TZX1630 – 2045SHJ 320 2
G9280 TZX1950 – 0005+1SHJ 320 7

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