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Air Arabia (العربية للطيران) is a Low-Cost Carrier (LCC), based at Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The airline is a member of the Arab Air Carriers organisation and was established on 3 February 2003 by an Amiri Decree, issued by the Ruler of Sharjah and members of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates. It was the first low-fare airline in the region. The airline started operations on 28 October 2003 with the first flight from Sharjah, UAE to Bahrain. The airline was profitable from the first year of being in business.

Air Arabia features as one of the cheapest airlines in the Middle East, in our blog about the best-value airlines in the world. Read more about this airline's a great value, and about other airlines that also featured on this list.

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Air Arabia Subsidiaries:


The airline operates scheduled services to a whopping 155 destinations. Its routes are based around the Middle East, North Africa, India, Central Asia and Europe. International destinations include 22 countries from Sharjah, 28 destinations in 9 countries from Casablanca, Fez, Nador and Tangier, 11 destinations in 8 countries from Ras Al Khaimah, and 6 destinations in 4 countries from Alexandria. Air Arabia also offers a selection of domestic flights in the United Arab Emirates.

Baggage Policy

Air Arabia has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage policy.

Carry-on Baggage

Air Arabia offers you a free hand baggage allowance of 10 Kg. Hand baggage allowance per passenger must not exceed the mentioned weight and dimensions should not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm (22in x 16in x 8in), including the handle, pockets and wheels. Infants under two years old are entitled to one standard-sized bag (for items an infant may require during the flight).

Checked Baggage

Air Arabia offers you the opportunity to only pay for the baggage you need. You can select checked baggage weight while booking or modifying your flight (20 Kg, 30 Kg or 40 Kg) with no limitation on the number of pieces. Pre-book your baggage allowance now and save up to 90% of baggage charges paid at the airport. The only baggage allowance available for purchase at the airport is 20 Kg, additional weight will be subject to excess baggage rates.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

Air Arabia offers a selection of TV shows, movies, sporting events and comedy series on board its flights through its SkyTime in-flight streaming service. Passengers can also join in on the airline's innovative "Fun Onboard" program in which little ones can engage in drawing and face-painting and passengers can even share their musical talents.

Air Arabia TV

Find pre-selected TV shows on board your Air Arabia flight.

Air Arabia Movies

Movies and much more can be found on board your Air Arabia flight.


Find out about Air Arabia's check-in policy, including check-in closing and opening times below.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is available with Air Arabia flights. You can check in online via Air Arabia's official website.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in is available with Air Arabia flights. The check-in counters will open 3 hours before departure and close 1 hour before departure for Economy class tickets. For Business class tickets, check-in counters will close 45 minutes before departure. Early check-in is available at selected airports.

City Check-In (UAE only)

Air Arabia also offers another check-in option for passengers flying from the United Arab Emirates. There are dedicated terminal counters open 24 hours up to 4 hours before takeoff across Sharjah, Dubai and Ras Al Khaima. Using these terminals to check in for your Air Arabia flight means you can quickly check in your luggage, pick your preferred seats and collect your boarding pass without any hassle or queues at airports.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Air Rewards is Air Arabia's frequent flyer program. It doesn't cost to join and helps you save money on future trips. You can collect points on flights and services including meal selection, seat selection, baggage allowance, travel insurance and airport services. Air Rewards also offers you the chance to earn more by creating a Family Account which allows you to pool your Family’s Points together in one account, thereby getting you to free flights faster.

Alternatives to Air Arabia

Other airlines that fly similar routes to Air Arabia are Emirates, Rossiya, Etihad Airways, Jordan Aviation and more. These can be booked with Alternative Airlines online as well.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Air Arabia Egypt?

Air Arabia Egypt (العربية للطيران مصر‎) is a low-cost airline based in Egypt and a subsidiary of the Air Arabia airline group. The head office is in King Mariout in Alexandria. After securing it's operating license from the authorities in 2010, the airline began commercial operations on 1 June 2010. The airline is based at Alexandria's Borg el Arab Airport.

The idea behind the creation of Air Arabia Egypt was to boost tourism in the region and expand the Air Arabia network. Other subsidiaries of Air Arabia include Air Arabia Maroc , Air Arabia Jordan and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

Air Arabia Egypt flies to many destinations across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and many more.

What is Air Arabia Sudan?

Air Arabia Sudan is a new low-cost airline that will be launching in Sudan thanks to the joint partnership between DAL Group and Air Arabia. It's not known yet when the airline will launch, however, it has been confirmed that Air Arabia Sudan will be based at Khartoum International Airport in Khartoum, Sudan.

Air Arabia Sudan will be using a fleet of brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft and will follow the same business model as Air Arabia. Destinations and routes are still to be confirmed but it is likely that the airline will operate domestic flights in Sudan and regional flights across surrounding countries.

What happened to Air Arabia Jordan?

Air Arabia Jordan was a subsidiary of the airline, Air Arabia, based in Jordan.

The low-cost carrier was a joint venture between the RUM Group in Jordan and Air Arabia and planned to be the first low-cost airline based in Jordan.  Air Arabia Jordan was announced in 2015 after Air Arabia announced the acquisition of a 49% stake in Jordanian operator Petra Airlines.

In January 2015, the principal shareholder of Petra Airlines, the RUM Group, retained a 51% stake in the airline, which was rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan in early 2015.

Air Arabia Jordan ended scheduled service in November 2017 and moved to charter operations.

The airline ceased operations completely in April 2018.