Air Arabia, the largest budget airline in the Middle East and North Africa, announced October 12 that a twice-weekly service from Sharjah, UAE, to Samara, Russia, will begin October 26.

The inauguration of service to the city east of Moscow, and located along the Volga River, is the first Russian destination for the low cost carrier.

It is now Air Arabia's second stop in Eastern Europe, following the earlier introduction of services to Kiev, Ukraine.

Flights will operate Mondays and Fridays, departing Sharjah at 9:10 in the morning and arriving in Samara at 13:40.

Return flights will depart Samara at 14:40 and arrive in Sharjah at 19:05 on Mondays and Fridays as well. Prices start around €170 each way.

Air Arabia now serves 59 destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Asia.

Website: http://www.airarabia.com