Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, announced today that it will introduce service to Kyiv, Ukraine, in October 2008, according to Al Bawaba.

The launch of this new destination reflects Air Arabia’s growing expansion into the Eastern European market.

AK Nizar, Head of Commercial Department, Air Arabia said: “Ukraine is one of the fastest growing economies in Eastern Europe, and there is considerable passenger traffic between the country and the Middle East, particularly for tourism and business. We look forward to introducing non-stop service between Kyiv and Sharjah in the coming months, and to offering our value-for-money services to everyone seeking friendly and efficient travel between these two dynamic regions.”

With a population approaching 3 million, Kyiv is an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe. One of the greenest cities in the region, it boasts a range of natural and architectural attractions. Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine, which experienced record economic growth of more than 7.3 per cent last year alone.

In addition to Kyiv, Air Arabia also serves Istanbul, Turkey, and Yerevan, Armenia, in Eastern Europe. The Sharjah-based carrier offers the most destinations of any airline in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.