Sharjah-based low cost airline, Air Arabia, is to
launch flights to the Greek city of Athens, beginning 21 April 2009.
Roundtrip flights will operate three times per
week between Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in
the capital of Greece, and Air Arabia’s hub in Sharjah.
Air Arabia will fly to Athens on Tuesdays,
Thursdays, and Saturdays, departing Sharjah at 18:55 and arriving
at Athens at 22:45. Return flights will depart Athens at 23:30 and
arrive in Sharjah at 05:20.
Air Arabia’s first destination
in Greece is also the carrier’s first destination in the European
Union. In total, Air Arabia now serves 45 destinations
across the Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Central
Asia and the Southern Europe.
AK Nizar, Head of
Commercial Department, said, “An international tourist destination,
Greece is also an important economic centre in the Mediterranean
region. There is significant passenger traffic between the country
and the Middle East, particularly for tourism and business. We are
confident that Air Arabia’s non-stop flight to Greece will further
enhance its popularity among the Middle East-based tourists.”
Athens, the largest city in Greece, is
one of the world's oldest cities with recorded history
spanning some 3,400 years. A bustling and cosmopolitan
metropolis, Athens is central to economic, financial,
industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. With over 16
million visitors every year, tourism contributes 15% to
the US$350 billion Greek economy.
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