Flynas has launched a new operations base at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International airport in Madinah.

The low-cost airline signed an agreement with Tibah Airports Operation Company to launch its fourth base within Saudi Arabia.

Flynas says that it is now the only carrier with four bases across the kingdom.

Bander Almohanna, flynas CEO and managing director, said, “Our investment in the new operations centre at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, which is our fourth center in the kingdom, comes within the framework of enhancing our operational capabilities and diversifying our international and domestic destinations and routes. The step is in accordance with our strategy for growth and expansion, and it confirms our confidence in the potential of the Saudi market and the ambitious national goals for the air transport sector.

“Moreover, it is in line with the goals of the Pilgrims Experience Program and the National Civil Aviation Strategy to increase the number of international destinations linked to the kingdom to 250 international destinations by 2030, in addition to increasing the number of pilgrims and tourists to Madinah, as the new operations center will provide greater air connectivity to Madinah with several international destinations, and connect Madinah airport with several Saudi cities to facilitate the movement of citizens and residents in the kingdom.”

Almohanna pointed out that the new operations centre will also provide Saudi nationals with additional job opportunities across ground crews, air cabin crews, pilots, and other supporting sectors.

The Saudi carrier reported a 46 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of 2023 compared to the same period the last year, as passenger numbers increased 26 per cent to about 5 million passengers and seat capacity also grew 19 per cent.

Those numbers were supported by the scaling of fleet by 19 per cent to 51 aircraft. The airline took delivery of its fourth widebody Airbus A330 aircraft in May, and welcomed two next-generation A320 neo aircraft, representing the third batch of 19 new aircraft of that model that will be delivered in 2023.