Saudi Carrier Flynas Extending Reach Within India And Europe

Flynas Airbus A320
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Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier Flynas plans further expansion in the Indian subcontinent, the Caucasus and Central Europe in 2020, as its passenger volume continues to grow.

The airline announced it carried a record 7.6 million passengers in 2019, 15% more than during the previous year. The airline is focusing increasingly on medium-haul routes, as exemplified by its purchase last year of 10 Airbus A321XLRs. 

It already has 80 other A320-family aircraft on order, plus 40 options. The first four of its expected A320neos have been delivered. 

During 2019, Flynas launched new services to India, a reflection of the large South Asian diaspora in the Gulf, including Kozhikode (Calicut), Lucknow and New Delhi.

In the coming year, Flynas plans to add the Pakistani destinations of Lahore and Islamabad and then increase its route map northward, to Batumi and Tbilisi in Georgia and Baku, Azerbaijan. Other new services are planned to Vienna and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Alan Dron

Based in London, Alan is Europe & Middle East correspondent at Air Transport World.