DUBAI, UAEThe UAE-based airline operator Air Arabia Group and Pakistan's Lakson Group partners to establish a joint venture to launch a new low-cost airline serving domestic and international destinations from Pakistan.

The new carrier named Fly Jinnah will be based in Karachi to initially serve domestic routes across Pakistan before expanding its route network to international destinations, Air Arabia said.

“We are confident that Fly Jinnah will add value to the air transport sector of Pakistan and directly contribute to the local economy through job creation and the development of the travel and tourism sector,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia, said.

The partners will soon start the process of securing the air operating certificate, which allows the airline to start operating, according to the statement.

More details about the launch date, fleet size and destination network will be announced in due course, Air Arabia said.