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Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Tue Jun 29, 2004 2:53 pm

air arabia (G9), the LCC based in Sharjah, UAE has started serving Dammam (DMM), Riyadh (RUH), and Jeddah (JED) in Saudi Arabia. air arabia will make history as it will be the first low cost carrier to serve the Saudi market. It seems that the pressure they put on the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority has finally paid out.

The advertised one-way fares as follows:
RUH-SHJ $94
JED-SHJ $160
DMM-SHJ $40
This is really cheap when compared with Saudi Arabian Airlines or Emirates.

Their schedule will be as follows:

Sat,Tue
SHJ-RUH 1030-1115
RUH-SHJ 1200-1440

Sun,Wed
SHJ-JED 0830-1015
JED-SHJ 1100-1445

Mon, Thr
SHJ-DMM 1030-1045
DMM-SHJ 1130-1345

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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:59 pm

Air Arabia already made history as the first LCC in the Middle East. MenaJet still is trying to launch itself in the region.
 
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:10 pm

low frequencies i think will they be using 1 737?
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Tue Jun 29, 2004 11:46 pm

Soups, Air Arabia has a small fleet of A320s. They've had two for a while, but I think they may have now got three or four.
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Tue Jun 29, 2004 11:49 pm

This is great news!!! I am pleased that the Saudi government realized that competition is not evil.
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:00 am

Certainly good news, but the recurring ‘problem’ is that all of its routes are normally served only twice-weekly. Why is this? Surely it’s not due to a lack of demand? Surely such infrequencies would be somewhat inconvenient and so would discourage would-be passengers? Isn’t Sharjah – which is a 20- or 30-minute drive from Dubai – sufficiently close to encourage people to drive there and (probably) fly more cheaply, like easyJet at Luton and Stansted?
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:12 am

It is good to see aviation grown worldwide.....enjoy it there...
also I have a question.....
how do you book this flights....i was checking sabre....nothing came out
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:21 am

Elcapi1980, you can book tickets from their website

http://www.airarabia.com

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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:30 am

Alexandria's a very pleasant city, even though when I visited it was experiencing something of a hurricane.  Wink/being sarcastic I had me good old fish n chips Egyptian style - and all my food virtually covered the table (including the 'free' items), yet it came to less than 5 GBP.
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 5:12 pm

Pe@rson,

Certainly good news, but the recurring ‘problem’ is that all of its routes are normally served only twice-weekly. Why is this? Surely it’s not due to a lack of demand? Surely such infrequencies would be somewhat inconvenient and so would discourage would-be passengers?

I totally agree with you. One reason would be the lack of aircraft to support more frequencies. Or maybe, Saudi Arabian Airlines had something to do with that!!! I wish in the future they would have daily flights.

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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 9:03 pm

The flight times look great but I notice there are no Friday flts which is, naturally, the day that everybody wants to fly.

I might be wrong but I don't think there are such things as Low Cost Airports in the Middle East as all airports are Government owned and run.

Air Arabia is an interesting concept and it will be interesting to see how long it lasts.



and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Wed Jun 30, 2004 11:46 pm

Babybus,

This makes it more logic that SV had a hand in this. On Wed and Fri SV usually operates the 744 on the RUH and JED - DXB flights. EK switches to the 777 on those days from the A330.

You are right, there are no low cost airport in the ME. I would add that many would now consider Sharjah as moving in that direction.

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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:46 am


What about Medinah ? Is there any attempts to serve this holly city ? The airport turns international, AFAIK, only during the Hajj season !!!
 
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:09 am

Ts-ior,

No plans to serve MED yet. I believe MED is busy during the Hajj season only.

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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:54 am

The flight times look great but I notice there are no Friday flts which is, naturally, the day that everybody wants to fly.

In most Middle Eastern countries the weekend is on Fridays and Saturdays.
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:12 am

Horus

In Saudi the weekend is Thursday and Friday, if I'm not mistaken.
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:21 am

Babylus, you're probably right, but most Arab countries are on Friday and Saturday
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RE: Air Arabia....First LCC To Serve Saudi Arabia

Thu Jul 01, 2004 2:38 pm

Babybus

All Gulf countries' weekends are Thurs-Fri, with the exception of Qatar, who recently adopted the Fri-Sat weekend.
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