Air Arabia delays launch of Egypt hub till May-2010
Air Arabia CEO, Adel Ali, confirmed the carrier plans to delay the launch of its Alexandria hub from Apr-2010 until May-2010 (Khaleej Times, 24-Apr-2010). The Alexandria hub will be the carrier's third hub, after Sharjah and Morocco. Mr Ali stated the carrier has "yet to get final clearance to operate from Alexandria", adding the aircraft to be used for the services is being registered in Abu Dhabi, with a full maintenance check being completed prior to "a few days of tests" in Egypt. It has not yet announced which destinations will be served from the Egypt hub.
Air Arabia: “We’re sending our first plane to Egypt, so the process is happening right now. Egyptian civil aviation personnel are here at the moment, and the plane is being registered in Abu Dhabi, together with a full maintenance check. It will then fly to Egypt for a few days of tests,” Adel Ali, CEO. Source: Khaleej Times, 24-Apr-2010.