flynas boosts capacity between Saudi Arabia and the UAE


Providing greater choice and flexibility to its passengers, Saudi carrier, flynas, is boosting capacity between the KSA and the UAE with new flights linking Abu Dhabi with Riyadh and Jeddah.

As of June 23, the airline will be incorporating a second daily service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi into its flight portfolio, thus increasing its combined offer with Etihad Airways to four daily services.

Meanwhile, on the same date flynas will enter the Jeddah – Abu Dhabi market with a daily flight which will complement Etihad Airways’ existing thrice daily services. Combined, both carriers will offer four daily services linking Jeddah and Abu Dhabi.

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In addition to Riyadh and Jeddah, Etihad Airways currently serves Dammam and Madinah, offering a total of 63 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia. flynas’ new services will offer 14 weekly flights from Riyadh to Abu Dhabi and seven weekly flights from Jeddah to Abu Dhabi.

The additional flights are to be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration, offering an additional 3,416 seats a week.

This news follows an expanded codeshare agreement between the two airlines, which was signed in October 2012. The codeshare agreement allows flynas to place its ‘XY’ code on multiple Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and 20 destinations on its global network.

Senior vice president network, Etihad Airways, Gregory Kaldahl enthused on the news: “The expanding of our codeshare with flynas reflects our commitment to the key market of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new flynas services will offer business and leisure travellers greater choice and better flight connection in their travel to Riyadh, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi to Etihad Airways’ worldwide network.”

Also commenting was CEO, NAS Holding, Bander Al Mohanna: “Since its launch in December 2015, we have seen a significant increase in traffic on our daily Riyadh to Abu Dhabi route, owing to the strong demand for travel between the two capitals. By doubling the frequency of flights between these two strategically important destinations, we are pleased to offer our guests increased flexibility, more choice and greater convenience.

“The launch of the additional flights is also a true testament to the success of our codeshare partnership with the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, with whom we look forward to continue expanding our services in the future, most immediately with the introduction of daily flights between Jeddah and Abu Dhabi from 23 June, which will further widen the choice available to guests travelling in both directions for business or leisure,” Al Mohanna concluded.