flynas, the Saudi carrier and the first low-cost airline in the Middle East, has announced the inauguration of direct flights between Riyadh and Dammam and Mumbai, making India’s largest city flynas’ fifth destination in the country.
Mumbai will now join Delhi, Lucknow, Calicut and Hyderabad on flynas’ growing list of destinations as the company continues to grow in India, the world’s second most populous country.
Daily direct flynas flights will connect Riyadh with Mumbai, departing from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport in both directions from October 20. Meanwhile, flynas flights from King Fahad International Airport in Dammam will start in December 2022.
“Most of flynas’ aircraft are the all-new Airbus A320neo which have the most efficient and environmentally friendly engines and widest seat pitch of any low-cost carrier between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India, this expansion is part of our long-term plan to become the No. 1 airline between the Kingdom and India and serve more direct routes,” said Stefan Magiera, commercial director of flynas, during a press conference in Mumbai on the occasion of the launch of the new direct link to the financial and commercial center of India, in addition to the opening of a new office in Mumbai.
“More growth to be expected, with more destinations in India and more routes. We will also offer connectivity within the Kingdom, where our passengers can continue their flights on our aircraft to Jeddah or Medina,” he added.
The growth in the Indian market is part of flynas’ expansion strategy and its plan launched at the beginning of the year under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom” after the growth achieved by the company in all its operations in during the first half of 2022.
flynas managed to increase its fleet to 38 aircraft in June 2022 from 25 aircraft in January 2021, an increase of 52%. Meanwhile, the number of passengers on its flights has increased to around 4 million passengers in the first half of 2022, compared to around 1.8 million in the same period last year, an increase of almost 120%.
The Saudi carrier connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations, and since its establishment in 2007, it has carried more than 60 million passengers.