Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, today announced that it has added its fourth destination in Ukraine with the launch of flights to Odessa. Air Arabia is UAE’s first airline to enter Odessa and represents the carrier’s fourth destination in Ukraine. Flights to the Ukrainian City will start on October 12th marking Air Arabia’s 76th destination worldwide.
The carrier will offer services to Odessa on Tuesdays and Fridays, departing from Sharjah International Airport at 09:25 and arriving at Odessa International Airport at 12:40. Return flights will depart from Odessa on the same days at 13:40 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:20 (local time). The inaugural flight, G90297 will take-off from Sharjah International Airport on Friday, 12 October 2012.
The launch of services to Odessa increases Air Arabia’s flights to Ukraine to 10 weekly flights, complementing the carriers existing service to Kiev, Donetsk and Kharkiv.
“The launch of this new service will further strengthen our current flights to Ukraine offering customers wider choice of affordable air travel. We are confident that the launch of flights to Odessa will strongly contribute to the trade and tourism ties of both UAE and Ukraine,” said, Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia. “The launch of Odessa service is a continuation of Air Arabia’s promise to customer’s to expand its Eastern European presence and extend Air Arabia’s value for money fares to multiple destinations across the region.”
The fourth largest city in Ukraine , Odessa holds a special place in the country’s cultural history. The city, which is located in the southern Ukraine, is home to one million residents, and is a popular tourist destination  with many museums and beaches around the city.