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Updated June 27, 2022

  • Joe Breitfeller

Air Arabia to Launch New LCC in Pakistan Called Fly Jinnah in a Joint Venture With Lakson Group

In Partnership with the Lakson Group, one of Pakistan’s leading business conglomerates, Air Arabia will launch a new low-cost carrier in Pakistan. The new joint venture airline will be called Fly Jinnah and will serve domestic and international routes from Pakistan.


Air Arabia Airbus A320neo Rendering - Courtesy Airbus

On Sunday (September 5, 2021), Air Arabia Group, the largest low-cost-carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced the established of a joint venture with the Lakson Group to launch a new LCC in Pakistan called Fly Jinnah. The Lakson Group is one of the leading business conglomerates in Pakistan. The new airline will offer low-cost passenger service on domestic and international routes from Pakistan. Fly Jinnah will originally be based in Karachi serving a range of domestic routes and will then expand its route network internationally. The joint venture team will commence work to secure an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) shortly.


In Sunday’s announcement, the Lakson Group’s Chairman, Iqbal Ali Lakhani, said,


“We are excited to partner with Air Arabia in launching Pakistan’s new low-cost carrier. Fly Jinnah will serve Pakistan’s travel and tourism sector and will play a constructive role in contributing to the nation’s economic growth. This partnership also reflects our commitment to support the development of Pakistan’s air transport sector while providing the citizens and visitors of the country with a new option of value for money air travel. Air Arabia enjoys a track-record of reliable and efficient operations, and we look forward to working closely towards launching and developing the new airline.”


Also commenting on the new joint venture, Air Arabia Group’s Chairman, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, said,


“We are delighted at Air Arabia Group to partner with Lakson Group on this joint venture to launch Pakistan’s new low-cost carrier. We are confident that Fly Jinnah will add value to the air transport sector of Pakistan and directly contribute to the local economy through job creation and the development of travel and tourism sector. We thank Lakson Group and the Government of Pakistan for their trust and we look forward to working hand in hand to develop the new airline, which will serve as a new value-for-money air travel option for the country.”


Founded in 2003, Air Arabia is the leading low-cost carrier servicing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The carrier operates a fleet of 58 new Airbus A320 and A321 Family aircraft and normally serves 170 routes from five hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. The award-winning airline offers comfort, reliability and low-cost air travel. Air Arabia (PJSC) is listed on the Dubai Financial Market.



Source: Air Arabia