On September 9, 2008, Air Arabia made an announcement of launching its daily flight services to Hyderabad from October 27, 2008. Air Arabia is the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa. It is based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, it provides direct services to many Indian cities including metropolitan cities like Chennai, New Delhi, etc. Air Arabia had started its operations about five years back in the month of October. Since then it has emerged as one of the largest destination network in India of any Middle East-based carrier.
Hyderabad will be Air Arabia’s 43rd global destination and its 12th in India. For Hyderabad, Air Arabia will depart from Sharjah daily. A large number of the 1.5 million emigrant Indians in the UAE hail from Andhra Pradesh, and Hyderabad, being the capital city, will connect them well. Hyderabad, also known as 'The City of Pearls', is one of the most developed Indian cities and is a 'Mecca' of information technology and biotechnology in India.