The Dubai Financial Market-listed Air Arabia has entered into a joint venture with Sudanese conglomerate Dal Group, to launch a new company called Air Arabia Sudan.

It will be based in Khartoum International airport and will follow the low-cost business model of the Air Arabia Group.

Air Arabia Sudan will operate a fleet of new Airbus A320 aircraft. All aircraft cabin interiors will be fitted economy cabin seats.

The company said that details about its route network, fleet size and composition, and scheduled services will be announced in due course.

“Dal Group is excited to launch Air Arabia Sudan in partnership with Air Arabia Group. We are steadfastly committed to developing the diverse aspects of Sudan’s tourism, travel, cargo transport and aviation infrastructure sectors. By attracting top-flight foreign direct investment to our country at a pivotal point in our national history, we do so to open up abundant new employment vistas for Sudanese youth and highly skilled professionals alike,” said Osama Daoud Abdellatif, group chairman of Dal.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia, added: “We are confident that Air Arabia Sudan will add significant value to the air transport sector of Sudan and directly contribute to the growth of the local economy and the development of the travel and tourism sector.”

Air Air Arabia reported a net profit of Dhs451 million for the first six months ending June 30, 2022. That figure represents a 925 per cent increase compared to the Dhs44 million it registered in the corresponding period in 2021.

More than 5.2 million passengers flew with Air Arabia between January and June 2022 across the carrier’s five hubs, an increase of 131 per cent year-on-year.