The airline's seat load factor - passengers as a percentage of total seats available - stood at an impressive 82.5%, further demonstrating the growing popularity of the Air Arabia's value for money services.
The airline has witnessed a steady increase in passenger numbers in 2012. Last year, the low-cost pioneer carried has 5.3 million passengers, an increase of over 13% compared to 2011.
"It is encouraging to begin the year with record passenger numbers. The record number demonstrates the strength of Air Arabia - offering affordable fares to an ever growing range of destinations. As we embark on a new growth journey, we remain committed to millions of passengers who choose to fly with Air Arabia, whether for business or leisure purposes,"said Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia.
As customer demand soars, fleet expansion becomes a top priority for the airline. January 2013 seen the airline taking delivery of its first fuel saving Sharklet equipped aircraft from Airbus, and has become the first airline in the Middle East to operate a Sharklet equipped A320 aircraft. The airline is due to receive five more aircraft this year.