Flynas is now flying direct between Dammam and Abu Dhabi with four weekly flights. The Saudi-based airline has made an announcement last year about its plan to launch a new route between both cities in a new step towards strengthening the airline’s network of international flights, and linking King Fahd International Airport with Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The domestic aviation scene in the Kingdom is getting increasingly competitive. As reported by industry sources, the newly-formed SaudiGulf Airlines and Saudi-owned, Egypt-based Nesma airline were both granted domestic operating licenses in 2016.
State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines has announced plans for its own budget carrier, Flyadeal, to launch in mid-2017 with a target of 50 jets by 2020.
Qatar Airways-owned Al Maha is waiting in the wings to starts its Saudi operations. In line with its Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia will be looking to expand its tourism sector beyond religious tourism creating more demand for inbound flights.