21 JULY 2014
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Flynas, the Saudi airline that calls itself “Low Cost Carrier Plus” has confirmed the start of non-stop flights from Riyadh to Gatwick from 27 July – part of its ‘Global Flight Routes’ programme, which was launched earlier this year.
The flights will operate twice weekly between the two capital cities and will utilise wide-bodied A330 aircraft. The announcement of the new route closely follows the Saudi carrier’s launch of direct flights from Jeddah to both Gatwick and Manchester, which began operations last April.
Flynas is expected to capitalise on the high-traffic Eid holiday period over the launch week of operations for the new route. London continues to top the lists of most popular European holiday destinations for individuals from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to being a key hub for business travel. As an inbound destination, Saudi Arabia in turn continues to command a large share of religious tourism from the UK’s resident Muslim population. The new route is expected to offer highly affordable fares to both inbound and outbound passengers.
The airline’s Global Flight Routes Programme covers an international route network of non-stop flights from Saudi Arabia to Paris (France), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad (Pakistan), and Casablanca (Morocco). www.flynas.com
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