<p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">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.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">This new flight marks Air Arabia’s first entrance into Azerbaijan and its expanding travel market.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">The new route supports Azerbaijan’s recently signed travel decree, which aims at boosting tourism in the country.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">The inaugural flight departed <a title="Sharjah International Airport" href="https://www.sharjahairport.ae/en/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sharjah International Airport</a>, and the aircraft received a traditional water cannon salute upon arrival to Baku.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">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.”</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">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 <a title="Air Arabia" href="http://www.airarabia.com/en" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Air Arabia</a>. 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.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">Air Arabia currently operates flights to 124 destinations from five hubs across the Middle East and North Africa.</p>