Kathryn Kannampuzha / MumbaiAir Arabia organised a roundtable conference for media with Adel Abdullah Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia earlier this month at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. Ali gave an overview of Air Arabia with reference to the Indian market.Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier, Air Arabia has had a successful 15 long years of operations so far. “When we started low-cost carrier 15 years ago, it was considered a bad idea. But, today it has turned out to be one of the best products in India,” asserted Ali.Started operation in 2005 in India, Air Arabia has grown from two aircraft to 50 aircraft. It flies 13 cities in India today, namely Jaipur, Kochi, Nagpur, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Goa, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Chennai.Talking about the significance of Indian market, Ali said, “India is one of the largest markets for UAE. India is a huge country with great potential. All the routes for Air Arabia in India are profitable.”Mumbai, Delhi and Kochi are the Indian cities where Air Arabia flights get easily booked, revealed Ali.He also highlighted that Air Arabia had 30% profit growth in 2017 compared to 2016.Air Arabia’s main hub is Sharjah, followed by Ras al-Khaimah, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.