Saudi low-cost carrier Flynas has announced that it will commence direct flights between Jeddah and the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, starting September 15.

Two direct weekly Flynas flights will connect Jeddah and Tashkent, departing on Monday and Thursday from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

Reservations for these flights have already opened on the carrier’s website.

The latest announcement follows the signing of an MoU between Flynas and the Uzbek Ministry of Transportation last month on the sidelines of the Saudi-Uzbek Business Council meeting in Jeddah.

The MoU pledged to strengthen relations in the field of air transport and operate direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan to facilitate the transportation of pilgrims to perform Umrah in Saudi as well as the movement of citizens from the two countries for investment and tourism purposes.

In June 2022, Flynas said that it succeeded in scaling up its fleet to 38 aircraft compared to 25 aircraft in January 2021, an increase of 52 per cent.

Meanwhile, the number of passengers on its flights increased to about four million passengers during the first half of 2022, up nearly 120 per cent from the approximately 1.8 million passengers in the same period last year.

The Saudi carrier connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations.

Saudi Arabia’s Flynas adds four cities to network

Last month, it signed an agreement with the Air Connectivity Program to launch new direct flights to four cities in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia. Starting November, Flynas will begin operating 10 new weekly direct flights from King Abdulaziz International airport in Jeddah to the four cities. Two weekly flights are scheduled to Marseille in the south of France, two weekly flights to Almaty – the cultural center of Kazakhstan, three weekly flights to Algiers in Algeria, and three weekly flights to Casablanca in Morocco.