DUBAI, (Reuters) – UAE-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia has not felt any major impact from the volcanic ash cloud that grounded thousands of flights in Europe, its chief executive said on Monday.
“The real cost (due to ash) will only be known in a few months,” CEO Adel Ali said at a media briefing.
“There have been a few disruptions but we haven’t been majorly affected. We are only impacted in Kiev and of course our Morocco hub, where flights have been suspended. Hopefully, today, they will be able to go to France,” he said.
Air Arabia had no more than 500 passengers stranded by the ash-related groundings, he said.
Separately, the airline’s seat-load factor in the first quarter was around 80 percent, Ali said.