RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s low-cost airline flynas has launched direct flights between Jeddah and Uzbek capital Tashkent, said a statement issued on Sunday.
Two direct weekly flights will start from Sept. 15. The flights began following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Uzbek Ministry of Transportation on the sidelines of the Saudi-Uzbek Business Council held in Jeddah last month.
The MoU sought to strengthen relations in the field of air transport and operate direct flights between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan.
It is part of the budget carrier’s expansion strategy and its plan launched at the beginning of the year under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom.”
flynas succeeded in scaling up its fleet to 38 aircraft in June 2022 compared to 25 aircraft in January 2021, an increase of 52 percent. Meanwhile, the number of passengers on its flights increased to about 4 million passengers during the first half of 2022, up from about 1.8 million in the same period last year, an increase of nearly 120 percent.
The Saudi carrier connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations and, since its establishment in 2007, has transported more than 60 million passengers.