Air Arabia to Launch Flights to Southern Iran

12SADASD9.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced that it will launch service to Shiraz, Iran, beginning June 25, 2008.

Flights will initially operate four times per week between Shiraz and Air Arabia’s key hub in Sharjah.

Shiraz is Air Arabia’s second destination in Iran, the other being the capital, Tehran. Air Arabia will fly to Shiraz four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, departing Sharjah at 9:00AM and arriving at Shiraz at 10:30AM. Return flights will depart Shiraz at 11:15AM and arrive in Sharjah at 11:45AM. Shiraz is Air Arabia’s 41st destination worldwide.

“The opening of our newest destination in Shiraz reflects the importance of the Iranian market as a whole to Middle East travel,” said AK Nizar, Head of Commercial Department, Air Arabia.

“With flights to both Shiraz and Tehran, Air Arabia serves the commercial and technological centers of Iran, and provides the people of those cities complete access to our comprehensive Middle East destination network, our high quality of service and our competitively priced fares.”

Shiraz – a historical city of more than 1 million people – is known for being home to many scholars, artists and poets, and for local craftsmanship of rugs and metalwork. The tourist city, about 400 miles south of Tehran, is the capital of southern province of Fars.

One of Iran’s most famous cities, Shiraz is a key technology hub for Iran but is also popular with foreign tourists because of its proximity to important ancient sites from the Achaemenid Empire that ruled much of Asia from 550-331 BC.

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