Leading Saudi low-cost airline flynas said it has launched flights to Uzbekistan from its hub at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah. Two direct weekly flights will connect the Saudi city to Uzbek capital Tashkent, departing on Mondays and Thursdays.
flynas celebrated the launch on September 15 with a key ceremony at the King Abdulaziz Airport in presence of represtatives from flynas and Jeddah Airports Company.
The launch of the non-stop flights to Tashkent comes after flynas signed a MoU with the Uzbek Ministry of Transportation last month on the sidelines of the Saudi-Uzbek Business Council meeting in Jeddah, said a statement from flynas.
The memorandum strengthens relations in the field of air transport to operate direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, aiming to facilitate the transportation of pilgrims and Umrah performers and facilitate the movement of citizens from the two countries for investment and tourism purposes, it stated.
The Tashkent flights are part of flynas’ expansion strategy launched at the beginning of the year under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom” and after the growth achieved by the company in all its operations during the first half of 2022.
The Saudi low-cost carrier said it had succeeded in scaling up its fleet to 38 aircraft in June compared to 25 in January lats year, thus registering a 52 per cent increase. Meanwhile, the number of passengers on its flights increased to about 4 million passengers during the first half of 2022, up from about 1.8 million in the same period last year, an increase of nearly 120 per cent, it added.
The Saudi carrier connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations and, since its establishment in 2007, it has transported more than 60 million passengers. Recently, flynas achieved the highest rating in the non-profit organization APEX’ Official Airline Rating and ranked in the 4-star low-cost carrier category, the highest category of low-cost airline among 600 companies globally, said a company spokesman.
“In addition, we have been ranked as the Leading Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East by the World Travel Awards for seven consecutive years. We also bagged the Skytrax International Award as the Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021,” he added.