6.6 million passengers aboard Flynas in 2018

Flynas CEO Bander Al-Mohanna.
Updated 09 January 2019

6.6 million passengers aboard Flynas in 2018

Bander Al-Mohanna, chief executive officer of Flynas, the Saudi national air carrier and a leading low-cost airline in the Middle East, has revealed that Flynas carried around 6.6 million passengers on 60,000 domestic and international flights during 2018. He attributed the increase in the number of passengers to the increasing number of flights and destinations, in line with the airline’s expansion plans to meet its passengers’ needs.

Al-Mohanna said the growth rate in passenger numbers is an extension of Flynas’ previous successes and expansion plans in the domestic and international market. The airline launched 11 new destinations in 2018.

“This year’s Flynas results confirm that it continues to be the best travel choice in the Kingdom, which further enhances our future ambitions to expand and reach new destinations,” he said.

He also noted Flynas’ achievements, which include the prestigious Skytrax Award won by the airline twice in a row (2017 and 2018) and “Middle East’s Leading Low-Cost Airline” award from World Travel Awards for four consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).

Al-Mohanna said that Flynas’ domestic flights have carried around 4.3 million passengers, while the total number of passengers on international flights exceeded 2.3 million in 2018. 

“The increasing number of passengers on our flights reflects our relentless efforts to improve passenger experience and develop plans to boost growth. We have expanded our domestic and international destinations as well as our strategic partnerships with Jet Airways, Pegasus and Etihad Airways,” he added.

In 2019, Flynas will continue with its expansion strategy, and new destinations will be launched on a new fleet of 120 A320neo aircraft purchased from Airbus for a total value of SR32 billion ($8.5 billion), to be delivered in 2019.


Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Updated 19 August 2019

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Al-Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist Oman Expeditions, this offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. 

Set between a relaxing stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and long, empty beaches. Southern Oman is said to be an uncharted destination and one of the only places where the true culture of old Arabia is still alive.

Drawing on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these new experiences weave in the rich, traditional heritage and magnificent natural environment of the region to create rare and memorable expeditions for resort guests while continuing to provide the luxury and comfort they desire. 

A former officer in the British Royal Marines and Royal Army of Oman’s Desert Regiment, Nelson has been nominated annually for the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012. A leading private travel specialist, he is renowned for his rich and varied experience of the country. Before setting up Oman Expeditions, Nelson founded Hud Hud Travels in 2006, Oman’s northern-based provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. 

Traveling via luxury 4x4 vehicles, a sample itinerary would include two nights camping with three days of various activities. Guests may choose to venture deep into the most remote parts of the world’s largest sand desert to find peace and solitude amidst magnificent sweeping dunes reaching up to 200 meters in the Empty Quarter. For a seaside option, guests can camp on a stretch of wild and secluded beach along the Dhofar coastline where they will encounter an array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and coastal bird life as well as swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water 30 meters from their tent. In the foothills of the Dhofar mountains, guests can step back in time on a trek with camels along the same ancient frankincense trading routes that these prized animals have been following for over 2,000 years.

Oman Expeditions also brings together Dhofar’s top local contacts from guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have traveled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.