Saturday, 16 September 2017
SAUDI ARABIA: Flyadeal Acquires Air Operator Certificate To Operate Domestic And International Flights.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) on Wednesday issued the new carrier its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) at a ceremony held at GACA headquarters in Riyadh.
The ceremony was attended by Eng. Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser, chairman of flyadeal and director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Corporation, and chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudia Dr. Ghassan bin Abdulrahman Al-Shebl.
By obtaining the Air Operator Certificate, Flyadeal Airlines is now qualified to operate regular domestic and international flights to and from Saudi Arabia's airports.
Flyadeal is a Saudi low-cost airline based at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. It is owned by Saudi flag carrier Saudia.
The airline expects to launch operations in the Saudi Arabia's national day which is 23rd September, 2017 with flights to domestic destinations.
Saudia, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, announced the creation of Flyadeal on 17 April 2016.
The venture is part of Saudia Group's SV2020 Transformation Strategy, which aims to elevate the group's units into world-class organisations by 2020.
Flyadeal will cater to domestic travellers, Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, and the rising number of tourists to Saudi Arabia, among other groups.
Flyadeal will initially operate flights to major domestic destinations, including Riyadh and Dammam, before expanding to regional markets.
As of September 2017 Flyadeal fleet consist of 2 Airbus A320-200 with a capacity of 180 ecomomy passengers.
Flyadeal has ordered for 6 other aircrafts.