A new Fujairah-based airline, Al Hajjar Air, is in the administrative and planning phase. The business plan has been reviewed by the
What is envisaged is a regional carrier, dedicated to connecting the GCC hubs (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Muscat, Riyadh, Kuwait), with a later expansion into the Levant states and the Indian subcontinent.
The concept is proven in many regions of the world yet the
Al Hajjar Air plans to operate dedicated regional aircraft in the form of modern turboprops with a stand-up cabin in single class configuration, large baggage compartments and equipped with the latest avionics and systems to ensure a smooth flight according to the highest safety standards.
All flight crew (2 pilots and 1 flight attendant) will be trained according to the stringent GCAA regulations.
Al Hajjar Air will operate primarily as a regional carrier not as a low cost carrier but the small turboprop planes will be a low cost operation suitable for developing the local market.
Al Hajjar Air plans to feed passengers into an existing route network of the major Middle Eastern flag carriers. Al Hajjar Air will fly passengers to/from Fujairah or its other destinations to/from the base of their partner airline, giving the people of Fujairah a chance to buy for example, one single ticket from Fujairah to
Baggage check-in will be at the
The concept of basing an airline in
Currently, any business traveller in Fujairah must drive at least one hour to an airport in Dubai or Sharjah to catch a flight say to Doha and one must be there two hours before departure.
With Al Hajjar Air, one would travel a few minutes to the
Furthermore, a daily service that links Fujairah with say
The venture is headed by Capt. Mike Carvath of the
Captain Carvath is an experienced entrepreneur with various links to the auto industry in the
Alex de Vos hails from the
The intent of Al Hajjar Air is to provide quality air services within the region while taking into account the local customs, traditions and character of the place.
Al Hajjar Air is offering local investors an opportunity to support a local enterprise which will not only use Fujairah as base but the vision of its leaders is “to be a driving force behind the development of the
Alex de Vos
President and CEO
Al Hajjar Aviation
Tel: +971 (0) 55 2580502
Fax: +971 (0) 9 224 1414
Captain Mike Carvath
Tel: +44 7766903190
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