Vimala Vasan

Abu Dhabi, Oct. 17

AIR Arabia LLC, the first low-fares airline in the West Asia and North Africa region, is the first international airline to fly to Nagpur.

The Air Arabia's Chairman and CEO led a delegation on the inaugural flight on Sunday. Fares start from Dh199 for a one-way flight to Nagpur, exclusive of tax and surcharges, with similar fares for return flights, according to a statement from the airline.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, Air Arabia's Chairman, said: "Air Arabia is delighted to be the first international airline to fly to Nagpur today. We have a history of creating destinations and bringing affordable travel to more people across the region and look forward to doing the same in Nagpur. I would like to thank the Indian Government and Civil Aviation Authorities for granting us rights to fly to Nagpur."

Flights to Nagpur are to operate three times a week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Sharjah at 22:30 to arrive in Nagpur at 03:20 the next day. Flights from Nagpur to Sharjah operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, departing at 04:05 to arrive in Sharjah at 06:20. The operation will also connect major cities around Nagpur to the Gulf as there are good rail and road connections to key cities in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the rest of Maharashtra.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 18, 2005)
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