Air Arabia is planning to launch routes into China soon.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) - Mon, Oct 7, 2013

Air Arabia is planning to launch routes into China soon, latching on to growing trade and tourism between Asia and the Gulf Arab countries, chief executive Adel Ali said. The low-cost airline is based in Sharjah. The major long-haul Gulf carriers, such as Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, already all fly direct to some of ChinaOs biggest cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. OThe government of the UAE with the Chinese government had bilateral discussions, and we secured some good traffic rights into China,O Ali said on the sidelines of a private equity conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday. OWe will be launching those flights in the not-too-distant future.O He declined to say which cities Air Arabia would fly to, but the airline typically chooses less-served airports instead of major hubs and stays within a five to six-hour flight time from Sharjah. Dubai-listed Air ArabiaOs focus recently has been on expansion...

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