Air Arabia to resume operations with 5 flights a week to Sharjah

Air Arabia to resume operations with 5 flights a week to Sharjah

Air Arabia would start operating five flights a week between Chennai and Sharjah from February 8. The airline earlier used to operate only three flights a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday – and they were popular with large groups of Indians working in the Middle East and exporters of flowers and fruits.

It is the only international airline and route open from the city now. Airport officials confirmed that the low-cost airline has changed its schedule to five days a week. It will operate flights from
Monday to Thursday and on Sunday. The flight would leave the city at 4.10 am and reach Sharjah at 6.40 am local time there.

It would then depart from Sharjah at 10.15 pm local time and land in the city at 3.30 am. R Mahalingam, airport director, says the flight used to run almost full. “It is popular among families, Indians working there and businessmen, among others.”

The addition of two more flights is expected to help increase the international passenger traffic, which has dropped by 92.7% in the first seven months of the financial year. The airport had handled only international passenger traffic of 14,473 during April-December last year, compared to 1,89,032 in the same period in 2019. In December, only 3,247 people had flown abroad,
compared to 24,329 in that month in 2019.

International flights to Singapore and Colombo are yet to become operational again. While flights to Colombo were operated by Sri Lankan Airlines, flights to Singapore were operated by Scoot Airlines.

“Passengers to Colombo or Singapore have to fly via Chennai with private Indian carriers,” said an airport official.

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