Saudi carrier Flynas has said that it welcomed the first out of 19 A320 neo aircraft set to join its fleet during 2023, increasing its fleet size to 44 aircraft.

The new single-aisle aircraft arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh as the airline seeks to reach 165 domestic and international destinations.

It currently connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations and has transported over 60 million passengers since its launch in 2007.

The airline said in a statement that its board of directors has agreed to increase the new aircraft orders to 250, making it the largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Saudi Civil Aviation Strategy aims to reach 330 million passengers and also increase the number of international destinations linked to the kingdom to more than 250 destinations by 2030.

As part of that bid to increase connectivity and passenger numbers, Flynas said last month that its passengers can now apply for an electronic Stopover Visa through its website.

New Saudi Stopover Visa offers free hotel stay

The Stopover Visa is issued after purchasing the ticket, and allows passengers to stay in the country for up to 96 hours.

The application process can be completed in under three minutes and can be applied for up to 90 days before travel. The visa application will be passed automatically to the unified national visa platform at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to process and issue the digital visa immediately and send it to the applicant via e-mail.

The visa is available for both business and leisure travel purposes. Additionally, the Stopover Visa can also be used for travellers perform the Umrah too. However, those seeking to perform the Umrah must register for it through the Nusuk platform.

Last year, Flynas  increased its passengers count by 91 per cent to 8.7 million. It also increased the number of flights it operated by 45 per cent year-on-year to 66,000 and seat capacity by 46 per cent.