UAE's Air Arabia ups flights to Pakistan
UAE budget carrier Air Arabia on Wednesday announced the expansion of services to Karachi in Pakistan.
The four weekly flights from Sharjah to Karachi have been increased to daily flights, the airline said in a statement.
"We are extremely pleased to announce the expansion of services to Karachi in Pakistan," said Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia.
"Since launching operations to Pakistan, it has always been a market of focus for us, and the launch of additional services is a result of increasing customer demand from the market.
"The ever growing appeal for Air Arabia flights, underpinned by the value for money services, signals that Air Arabia continues to be the airline of choice for millions of passengers who travels between Pakistan and the UAE," he added.
Air Arabia started operations to Pakistan in 2007 with a launch of direct service to Karachi. Today, the carrier offers services Karachi and Peshawar.
Earlier this month, Air Arabia saw its net profit more than double to Dh226m ($61.5m) in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the year ago quarter.
The airline, which operates out of Sharjah International Airport, posted revenues of Dh836m for the three-month period ending September 30, up 19 per cent from the corresponding quarter in 2011.
Passenger traffic rose 14 per cent to 1.37m, while average seat load factor stood at 82 per cent.