Air Arabia Egypt announces new service between Sohag and Gassim
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Air Arabia Egypt announces new service between Sohag and Gassim

Air Arabia Egypt announces new service between Sohag and Gassim

The once-weekly flight will operate every Thursday and will be the seventh destination that the airline flies to in Saudi Arabia

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Starting February 24, Air Arabia Egypt will begin a new service connecting Sohag International Airport in Egypt to Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The once-weekly flight will operate every Thursday departing Sohag at 2.40am and reaching Gassim at 5.30am. The return flight will depart from Gassim at 6.30am and land in Sohag at 7.50am.

Gassim will be the seventh destination that Air Arabia Egypt flies to in the kingdom besides Riyadh, Jeddah, Tabuk, Taif, Al Jouf, and Hail.

On Monday, Air Arabia reported a net profit of Dhs720m for the full year ending December 31, 2021, an increase of 475 per cent compared over the Dhs192m net loss it registered for the full year 2020 where its services were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline’s turnover for 2021 reached Dhs3.17bn, up 71 per cent compared to the Dhs1.85bn registered the previous year.

Air Arabia served more than 6.7 million passengers last year from its five hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt, an increase of 54 per cent compared to the 4.3 million passengers carried in 2020. The average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – for 2021 stood at 73 per cent.

In the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2021, Air Arabia reported a net profit of Dhs467m compared to Dhs20m in the corresponding period of 2020. The turnover for the last quarter 2021 reached Dhs1.3bn billion, an increase of 143 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. Air Arabia carried more than 2.5 million passengers from its five hubs in the fourth quarter, double the number of passengers carried in Q4 2020.

Air Arabia added 44 new routes across its five hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi added a total of seven new routes in 2021 from its base in Abu Dhabi International Airport while Air Arabia Maroc added 16 new routes and Air Arabia Egypt added 15 new routes. The airline’s total sleet size stands at 58.

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