Passenger Numbers Up By 120%: flynas Enjoys Strong First Half Of The Year

Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, flynas, has recorded its most successful first half of the year since the pandemic. flynas reported soaring numbers from several aspects of its operations to indicate its continuous growth. Let’s look at what the airline has been up to these past six months.

Doubling its operational performance

flynas flew approximately 4 million passengers within the first six months of this year, which was an increase of about 120% from the estimated 1.8 million in the same period last year. The numbers are a result of the Saudi low-cost carrier operating an increased number of flights, up 57% with flynas having launched 16 new international destinations from Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Al-Qasim, among its 70 international and domestic destinations.


Celebrating the rapid recovery of flynas from the pandemic, Bander Almohanna, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the airline, commented:

“The growth rates of all flynas operations are a result of the strategic expansion plan that we launched at the beginning of 2022 under the slogan ‘We connect the world with the Kingdom’.”

In addition to launching new routes, flynas had also increased flight frequencies to international destinations such as Cairo and Dubai. The budget carrier was also allowed to participate in re-launching the pilgrimage and could offer Umrah flights from around the world to the Kingdom after the pandemic restrictions were lifted earlier this year.

flynas will be seeing a continued increase in its number of aircraft over the coming years. Photo: flynas

Growing its fleet numbers

The enhancements within its flight schedules were made possible with the airline’s fleet expansion. flynas currently houses 38 aircraft as of June 2022, a 46% increase from the 26 aircraft it previously housed in January last year. Part of the expansion efforts was due to the new Saudi aircraft leasing company AviLease, owned by the Public Investment Fund, which allowed for the leaseback of 12 new Airbus A320neos to be delivered to flynas within this year and the next.

And it seems that more aircraft are incoming for the budget carrier, as confirmed by Almohanna:

“The airline’s Board of Directors also agreed to increase

the number of our orders for new aircraft to 250 aircraft, strengthening our position as the largest low-cost airline in the Middle East and North Africa and the largest owner of modern aircraft in the region, and further enhancing our ability to add new destinations.”

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Contributing to Vision 2030

Besides growing its fleet numbers, flynas has also been actively recruiting to ensure it has the required workforce numbers to support its ambitious growth. The airline has been inviting Saudi youth to apply for the ‘Future Pilots’ program, aimed at graduating more than 100 pilots for flynas to employ. In the largest application ever seen within the Kingdom, the initiative saw about 1,000 young Saudi men and women applying for the program, and nearly 200 have graduated.

flynas generates tourism demand within the Kingdom and abroad due to its affordable fares. Photo: flynas

The cadet pilot initiative, alongside the overall recovery and future growth plan, were all part of flynas’ contributions to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to develop the Saudi aviation sector. Such a reformative vision intends to receive at least 100 million tourists annually by 2030 and link the Kingdom with at least 250 international destinations. With its attractive low fares and steady growth, flynas continues to generate tourism demand within the Kingdom and abroad to improve the Saudi aviation sector.

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