Mar 21, 2017: Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa's first low-cost carrier, has launched its inaugural service to Baku and will serve the destination four times a week.

This new flight marks Air Arabia's first entrance into Azerbaijan and its expanding travel market.

The new route supports Azerbaijan's recently signed travel decree, which aims at boosting tourism in the country.

The inaugural flight departed Sharjah International Airport, and the aircraft received a traditional water cannon salute upon arrival to Baku.

Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer, Air Arabia, said, "Azerbaijan is a culture rich country with a fast emerging appeal for tourism. We are confident that this step will establish Baku as a destination of choice for true cultural experiences, and will positively contribute to the rapidly growing tourism industry in Azerbaijan."

Baku, in its essence, resembles a harmonious blend of Europe and Asia, and acts as the financial hub of Azerbaijan. The city is a true example of past-meets-future, offering it all from skyscrapers and modern boutiques, to important historical sites. The new flight adds to the growing list of 'short holiday' destinations served by Air Arabia. Baku etched its name in international sports by hosting the European Grand Prix. Furthermore, the Caucasus city has recently been named a host for the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship.

Air Arabia currently operates flights to 124 destinations from five hubs across the Middle East and North Africa.

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