Air Arabia Ties Up with Sudanese Dal Group For Low Cost Offering At Khartoum International Airport
In a brave move to move towards progress, Sudan has started a low-cost airline that will be based out of the Khartoum International Airport. The Middle East budget airline Air Arabia has tied up with Sudanese conglomerate Dal Group to start this venture.
“We are confident that Air Arabia Sudan will add significant value to the air transport sector of Sudan and directly contribute to the growth of the local economy and the development of the travel and tourism sector,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia.
The move is the latest in a series of JV agreements by Air Arabia to launch new budget airlines and a great move for Sudan to move towards growth in its aviation footprint. UAE-listed Air Arabia signed JV deals to establish new airlines in Abu Dhabi in 2020, and in Armenia and Pakistan in 2021.
The low-cost airline will run the Airbus A320 which the Khartoum based startup would use for its operations and will run on Air Arabia’s existing network.
Besides good news for Sudan, it is also a great business growth opportunity for Air Arabia that has been looking at expanding its operations and therefore has been pushing it ahead since the pandemic after betting on a recovery in short-haul travel demand.
The airline company operates a network of bases in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Egypt and Morocco. Air Arabia also has another low-cost tie-up with Abu Dhabi. This low-cost JV with Etihad Airways, recently marked its second anniversary after its launch at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic on July 14, 2020.
Work on obtaining the relevant approvals and licenses is scheduled to start shortly, while details on the route network, fleet size and scheduled services will be communicated in due course, the companies said.