Nile Air, Egypt’s largest private airline, has begun operating services between Cairo and Sharjah.

Sharjah Airport received the inaugural flight of Nile Air earlier this week, which flew in from Cairo International airport.

The carrier will operate twice weekly flights between the two destinations every Friday and Sunday.

NP174 departs from Sharjah at 8am and lands in Cairo at 9.45am. Meanwhile, NP173 depart from Cairo at 1.50am and arrives in Sharjah at 7.05am.

Nile Air entered the UAE market in 2016. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircrafts in Egypt with options of both economy and business class for its customers.

“We are pleased to have launched operations connecting Sharjah and Cairo international airports, especially at a time when Sharjah is witnessing an accelerated pace of development, not to mention its importance as a destination of great cultural and historical significance, which also makes it a unique tourism hub as well,” said Ahmed Oraby, deputy chief commercial officer at Nile Air.

Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, added: “We are committed to constantly expanding the network of global destinations available to travelers and attracting new international carriers to Sharjah Airport, in line with the Authority’s aspirations to support tourism movement between the two destinations. This will also help meet our customers’ growing demand for travel and will support our strategy to strengthen Sharjah Airport’s position as a global aviation hub for passenger travel.”

Sharjah Airport reported that it had handled six million passengers in H1 2022. That figure represents a 142.74 per cent rise in its passenger traffic compared to H1 2021 where it recorded only 2.449 million passengers.

Additionally, the number of flights at the airport grew significantly as well. There were a total of 41,189 aircraft operating in H1 2022, an 89.73 per cent year-on-year increase compared to 21,709 in the same period last year.;