Air Arabia inaugural Baku flight takes off

19/3/2017. Air Arabia launched its inaugural service to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.This new flight marks Air Arabia’s first entrance into Azerbaijan and its expanding travel market, the airline has said in a press statement.An official delegation that included Sheikh Fahim al-Qasimi, executive chairman of the Department of Government Relations – Sharjah, the Emirati ambassador to Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani ambassador to the UAE, were also on board the inaugural flight to Baku.The new route supports Azerbaijan’s recently signed travel decree, which aims at boosting tourism in the country.The inaugural flight departed Sharjah International Airport at 9am local time and the aircraft received a traditional water canon salute upon arrival at Baku, were the official inaugural visit will last for two days.Air Arabia announced that the destination would be served four times a week, and operate under two flight timings. On Thursdays and Sundays, the flight departs Sharjah at 7.55am and arrives at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku at 10.50am. The return flight leaves Baku at 11.30am and reaches Sharjah at 2.10pm.On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flight leaves Sharjah at 2.55pm and lands in Baku at 5.50pm, and departs Baku at 6.50pm for its return journey, arriving at Sharjah International Airport at 9.30pm.“Azerbaijan is a culture-rich country with a fast-emerging appeal for tourism,” said Adel al-Ali, Group CEO of Air Arabia. “We are excited to announce this service and hope that our passengers enjoy our award-winning offerings.“We are confident this step will establish Baku as a destination of choice for true cultural experiences, and positively contribute to the rapidly-growing tourism industry in Azerbaijan.”Baku, in its essence, resembles a harmonious blend of Europe and Asia,and acts as the financial hub of Azerbaijan.The new flight adds to the growing list of “short holiday” destinations served by Air Arabia, the statement adds.( gulf-times.com)