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A low-cost airline based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Airport Code: IATA: G9, ICAO: ABY

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      15.12.2008 18:45
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      Allah Acbar!

      Air Arabia was a company who I had been aware for a long time, even during their days as Sharjah Air. It hasn't been until this December that I finally got round to using them. I was a little bit disappointed with them at the beginning as they postponed my flight by 3 days between Sharjah and Yerevan, leaving me with 4 days in the Emirates, something that I couldn't really afford. An e-mail explaining that I'd be happier leaving Jordan at a later date, to avoid spending so long in Dubai was quickly replied to and the response was positive but from then onwards there was a bit of a mish mash of e-mails between us, leaving it almost up until the last minute to finally sort it out.

      This was partly my fault as I had asked them to contact me by telephone but my telephone became incapable of receiving or sending calls somewhere along the trip. Despite the change in plans, I was very impressed with Air Arabia. The seats seemed roomy and my flights were not particularly busy, food was available to purchase and looked quite good and wasn't too expensive but I passed on it anyway. Staff were helpful and friendly and the landing (particularly at Sharjah) was so smooth that I didn't notice.

      What I like most about this company is their bargain prices to so many destinations that would otherwise likely be prohibitive to your average traveller. Considering their main hub is in Sharjah, you may think this wouldn't be over useful for Europeans. There are cheap flights to Israel from where it's short a distance to Amman in Jordan, and there are cheap flights to Turkey and Egypt (less so) as well from the UK - from where you can catch a cheap flight to Sharjah to visit the Emirates and then another onwards to any other number of destinations in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bahrain, Eritrea, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kazakhstan which virtually connects you to half of the world at bargain prices. Living in Poland, I have even more cheap choices to connect with them in the Caucusus or Kazakhstan via the neighbouring Baltic countries and Germany.

      Travelling has never been so easy before! If you are transferring via Sharjah, you can ask for your luggage to be sent directly to the final destination, to save you time in customs. Personally, I decided to pick it up because in general, transfers seems to be when luggage gets lost.

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