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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the first low-cost carrier from the UAE capital, has announced the newest addition to its network, with a new route connecting Abu Dhabi to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Wego reports that the new direct flights will connect Abu Dhabi International Airport to Bandaranaike International Airport with a frequency of three flights weekly, starting from 3 January 2024.

This new route will be the 34th destination in Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s growing network, which they have been expanding strategically to enhance international connectivity with the UAE capital. With this new addition, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi will become the sole provider of low-cost options between the UAE and Sri Lanka. 

Speaking about the newest expansion, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, of Air Arabia, said: “We are glad to add Colombo to our growing network with direct flights from Abu Dhabi. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi continues its expansion strategy to further strengthen the connectivity of the capital with multiple destinations while contributing to the growth of the UAE’s travel and tourism industries.”

He further stated, “The new route enables passengers to discover the beauty of the island located in the Indian Ocean and reflects our commitment to offering customers affordable and value-driven air travel experience.” 

Here is the schedule for the flights on this route. Please note that this schedule has been obtained from Air Arabia’s official website, and may be subject to change. 

All timings mentioned are local.

Flight  Departure  Time  Arrival  Time  Aircraft  Frequency 
3L 197 Abu Dhabi 10:10 PM Colombo   4 AM Airbus A320  Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
3L 198 Colombo   4:40 AM Abu Dhabi 8:05 AM Airbus A320  Monday/Thursday/Saturday