Air Arabia launching service to Sharjah

Václav Havel Airport Prague will have another connection to the United Arab Emirates

Low-cost carrier Air Arabia is launching a new regular route between Prague and Sharjah, the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates.

The new connection will be operated five times a week, starting Dec. 11. The carrier will operate this route with an Airbus A320 configured for 168 economy class passengers.

This brings the number of carriers going between Václav Havel Airport Prague and various cities in the UAE to four.

“We welcome the expansion of the flight offer to the United Arab Emirates, which is of great interest to passengers. The new route to Sharjah will also allow passengers to switch on the Air Arabia airline network to other destinations in the Middle East or Africa. We expect the new line to be used by approximately 97,000 passengers per year in both directions,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport (Letiště Praha), said in a press release. Prague Airport is the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague.

Flights from Sharjah to Prague will take place Sundays and Tuesdays leaving 8 am and arriving at 11:40 am. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays they will leave Sharjah at 3:30 pm and arrive at Prague at 7:10 pm.

Flights from Prague to Sharjah will tale place Sundays and Tuesdays leaving 12:25 pm and arriving at 9:25 pm. On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays they will leave Prague at 9:10 pm and arrive at Sharjah 6:10 am the next morning.

Air Arabia was established in 2003 and operates scheduled lines from Sharjah to more than 150 destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Europe. There is also a hub in Ras Al Khaimah and focus cities in Morocco and Egypt that offer additional connections.

Air Arabia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization. Air Arabia is one of the few airlines that does not serve alcoholic beverages on its flights.

Prague Airport has been trying to increase the passenger numbers at Václav Havel Airport Prague by encouraging more destinations and larger planes.

The airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers in the first half of 2018, a 10 percent increase over the same period last year. The highest number of passengers traveled between Prague and the United Kingdom, counting both directions.

The airport had a record year in 2017, clearing 15,415,001 passengers. That record is expected to broken again this year.

The airport recently opened new check-in facilities that will help increase the capacity of Terminal 2, which handles flights within the Schengen Zone. More infrastructure changes are planned in the long term, including another runway.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

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