Egyptian carrier Nile Air (NIA) had launched services to Al Ain International Airport, Abu Dhabi Airports has revealed.
The new operation introduces four weekly flights between Al Ain International Airport and Cairo International Airport.
Mohammed Al Katheeri, Acting Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted that Nile Air has begun operations to Al Ain, as this will further strengthen tourism between the UAE and Egypt and build Al Ain’s prominence as a growing international tourist destination. The airline anticipates high demand for this route, particularly during the busy summer season, and we wish them every success.”
The NIA 147/8 flights, operated on Airbus A320 aircraft, will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Between 1 July 1 and 1 October, the flight will depart from Cairo at 1005 GMT, arriving in Al Ain at 1340 GMT, and the return flight will leave the UAE at 1440 GMT and arrive back in Egypt at 1830 GMT. In October the service will become bi-weekly, with flights on Fridays and Sundays.
A free shuttle service is available for passengers wishing to connect from Al Ain Airport to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
This is Nile Air’s first flight to any destination in the United Arab Emirates.
Ahmed Aly, Chief Executive Officer of Nile Air said: “Nile Air is pleased to announce our entry to the Emirati market, our 7th country, with a new route connecting Cairo and Al-Ain city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The new service to Al-Ain will provide an easy and convenient travel option between both cities for business travelers and tourists visiting Egypt, and the estimated 100,000 Egyptian nationals residing in the city of Al-Ain and its surrounding region who wish to travel home.”