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Air Arabia announces repatriation flights to Africa and beyond

Air Arabia repatriation flights
The carrier will fly passenger as well as cargo flights to Afghanistan, Iran, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan, Egypt, India and Nepal

Air Arabia has announced that it will fly passenger as well as cargo repatriation flights to multiple destinations, the media reported.

Air Arabia’s repatriation fights will fly from the Sharjah International Airport to Afghanistan, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan, Egypt, India and Nepal.

In  a statement, the airline said, “Air Arabia is committed to support requests to operate repatriation and cargo flights and remain working closely with UAE authorities in this regard.”

Earlier this month, media reports suggested that Air Arabia Abu Dhabi – a joint venture with Etihad Airways, which was scheduled to launch in June, will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Air Arabia has revealed that such rumours are baseless and both the airlines are going forward with their plans to launch a low-cost Abu Dhabi-based carrier.

Air Arabia Chief Executive Adel Ali said in November that the airline would be operational in the second quarter of 2020. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year, has pushed the world into a state of lockdown.

Most of the countries across the globe have sealed their borders and both international and domestic flights have been cancelled. This prompted many to speculate that the proposed launch of the low-cost carrier will be delayed.

Recently, flydubai also announced repatriation flights to 13 countries between April 14 and 22. Similarly, Etihad Airways also announced that it will fly to Brussels, Dublin, London, Zurich and Tokyo during the same period.

Etihad continues to operate special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to several destinations including Amsterdam, Jakarta, Manila, Melbourne, Seoul Incheon, and Singapore.

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