Saudi national airline Flynas said it carried 11.1 million passengers in 2023, representing more than 28 percent growth from its 2022 figures.
The low-cost airline also took delivery of 19 new aircraft last year, increasing its fleet size to 64 aircraft, an increase of more than 35 percent year-on-year.
“We have managed to double the size of our fleet by more than 100 percent in less than two years. “We also signed an agreement with Airbus to purchase 30 new A320neo aircraft as part of an order for 120 aircraft worth over SAR 32 billion and plan to increase the order to 250 aircraft,” said Bander Almohanna, CEO and CEO of Flynnas.
“Our continued investments to increase fleet size and destination network have contributed to improving our regional and global leadership position and advancing the Skytrax ranking, the most prestigious reference in the aviation industry, to be among the 4 best LCCs in the world and the best in the Middle East,” Almohanna added.
It also launched 57 new destinations and routes to 10 countries throughout 2023.
In addition, it inaugurated its fourth base of operations at the Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina.
The airline said its growth supported a 22 percent seat capacity increase for domestic and international flights.
“Flynas will continue to provide innovative solutions and technologies that are reflected in the passenger experience as the company constantly moves forward to achieve its strategic objectives, in parallel with the objectives of the Pilgrim Experience Program (PEP) to facilitate access to the Two Holy Mosques. and the National Civil Aviation Strategy to enable national airlines to contribute to connecting Saudi Arabia with 250 international destinations and accommodate 330 million passengers and welcome 100 million tourists annually by 2030,” Almohanna said.
Recently, Eve Air Mobility, an urban air mobility company founded by Embraer, signed an MoU with Saudi airlines to explore the future of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations in the kingdom. The two entities will consider starting eVTOL operations in Riyadh and Jeddah by 2026.