Air Arabia Resumes Flights to Basra, Iraq

An Air Arabia Airbus A321 in flight above cloud. This is the aircraft that they will use for flights to Basra, Iraq.
Photo Credit: Air Arabia

Air Arabia, a leading low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, recently celebrated the relaunch of its flights to Basra, Iraq. The airline operated the renewed service from Sharjah International Airport.

This latest development marks Air Arabia’s fourth direct route to Iraq from Sharjah. The restored service now joins Baghdad, Najaf, and Erbil flight operations.

Return to Basra International Airport

Officials at Basra International Airport welcomed the arriving Air Arabia aircraft with a water cannon salute and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Representatives from both Air Arabia and Basra International Airport were present for this momentous event.

“Air Arabia’s new flights to Basra demonstrate our unwavering commitment to providing affordable travel options within the region,” stated Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia.

“This new service allows our customers to connect directly between Sharjah and Basra, while experiencing our signature value-driven products and services.”

“We are confident that this route will further strengthen travel and trade ties between the UAE and Iraq.”

Booking for these direct flights is now open. Passengers can conveniently make reservations through the Air Arabia website, call center, or travel agencies.

An Air Arabia Airbus A321 in flight above cloud. This is the aircraft that they will use for flights to Basra, Iraq.

Air Arabia: Rising High with a Modern Fleet

Air Arabia boasts a modern fleet of 72 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft, the most advanced and popular single-aisle airplanes globally.

These aircraft offer passengers a value-added onboard experience with “SkyTime,” a complimentary in-flight streaming service, and “SkyCafe,” providing delicious onboard catering options at affordable prices.

Additionally, the airline’s “Air Rewards” loyalty program allows passengers to effortlessly earn, transfer, and redeem points for future travel.

An Air Arabia Airbus A321 in flight above cloud. This is the aircraft that they will use for flights to Basra, Iraq.
Photo Credit: Air Arabia

Performance in Q1 2024

Air Arabia has had a remarkable first quarter in 2024. The airline expanded its global network with two new routes. The airline operates these routes with its modern fleet of 74 new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

The carrier was recognized for its financial prowess, ranking third for operating margin globally. The award was accorded by the Airline Weekly World’s Most Profitable Airlines index.

Furthermore, in March, airline shareholders approved a 20% dividend distribution. The carrier announced a 20% dividend distribution at its Annual General Meeting for the year 2023.

The airline’s financial health is further bolstered by a strong liquidity position. It saw AED 5 billion in cash and cash equivalents reported for the first quarter of 2024.

Air Arabia Group’s passenger numbers continued to soar in the opening quarter of the year. The carrier saw over 4.4 million passengers flying between January and March 2024 across its operating hubs.

This represents a 13% increase compared to the 3.9 million passengers carried in the first quarter of the previous year.

Further underlining its success, Air Arabia maintained an impressive average seat load factor. It achieved a solid 85% load factor during the first three months of 2024.

By focusing on affordability, innovation, and a modern fleet, the airline is well-positioned for continued success. It continues to strengthen regional connectivity and provides passengers with a valuable travel experience.

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