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Saudi carrier flynas hits new high in 2023, passengers up 28pc

Leading Saudi budget carrier flynas has announced solid growth for 2023 over the previous year, recording a 28 percent growth in passenger numbers which soared to 11.1 million. 

The leading low-cost carrier also took delivery of 19 new aircraft during 2023, upscaling its fleet size to 64 aircraft, up 35 percent over 2022.

This enabled it to move forward with implementing its strategic plan for growth and expansion under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom,” said flynas in a statement.

Consequently, flynas launched 57 new destinations and routes to 10 countries during the year, inaugurating its fourth operations base at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, and increased seat capacity by 22 percent for domestic and international flights.

On the solid performance, CEO and Managing Director Bander Almohanna said: “We are proud of flynas’ performance and results in 2023, which reflect the strength of our business model, the distinguished effort made by our team, and the effectiveness of our strategic plan for growth and expansion.”

“Our continued investments to increase the fleet size and destinations network have contributed to enhancing our leading regional and global position and to advance in the Skytrax classification, the most prestigious reference in the aviation industry, to be among the top 4 LCC in the world and the best in the Middle East,” stated Almohanna.

“The company launched many new initiatives and products that contributed to providing flynas guests with a distinctive travel experience and options, the first of their kind in the Kingdom,” he noted.

According to him, flynas will keep providing innovative solutions and technologies that are reflected in the passengers’ experience as the company is moving steadily to achieve its strategic goals, in parallel with the objectives of the Pilgrims Experience Program (PEP).

The PEP will see national air carriers contribute to boost the services from KSA to 250 international destinations and to accommodate 330 million passengers as well as host 100 million tourists yearly by 2030,” he added.

On its 2024 plans, Almohanna said: “flynas is determined to pursue its expansion to new markets, with announcements to be made during the first quarter, as the aviation industry in the kingdom is experiencing unprecedented development thanks to its economic growth.”

He pointed out that flynas had succeeded in doubling the size of its fleet by more than 100% in less than two years.  “We also signed an agreement with Airbus to purchase 30 new A320neo aircraft as part of a 120-aircraft order with a value exceeding 32 billion riyals and a plan to increase the order to 250 aircraft,” he added.

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