Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, recently launched its inaugural service to Baku, marking its entry into Azerbaijan and its expanding travel market. The new route supports Azerbaijan’s recently signed travel decree, which aims to boost tourism in the country. The inaugural flight departed Sharjah International Airport on 16 March at 9 am.

Air Arabia said the destination will be served four times a week, and will operate under two flight timings. On Thursdays and Sundays, the flight departs Sharjah at 7:55 am, and arrives at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku at 10:50, local time. The return flight leaves Baku at 11:30 am, reaching Sharjah at 2:10 pm, local time.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flight leaves Sharjah at 2:55 pm and will land in Baku at 5:50 pm, local time. It will depart Baku at 6:50 pm for its return journey, arriving at Sharjah International Airport at 9:30 pm, local time.

Air Arabia Group Chief Executive Officer Adel Al Ali said they were excited to announce the service and hopes passengers enjoy the new ‘award-winning’ offerings.

Azerbaijan is a culture-rich country with a fast-emerging appeal for tourism. We are confident that this step will establish Baku as a destination of choice for true cultural experiences, and will positively contribute to the rapidly-growing tourism industry in Azerbaijan.’

Baku resembles a harmonious blend of Europe and Asia, and acts as the financial hub of Azerbaijan. The city is a true example of past-meets-future, offering everything from skyscrapers and modern boutiques, to important historical sites. The new flight adds to the growing list of ‘short holiday’ destinations served by Air Arabia.

Baku is popular in international sports as host to the European Grand Prix. The Caucasus city has also been recently named host for the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship. Air Arabia currently operates flights to 124 destinations from five hubs across the Middle East and North Africa.

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