IndiGo To Launch Inaugural Central Asia And Africa Routes

By David Casey Jun 02, 2023
Flights will commence to cities in Kenya, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia.
Airlines & Lessors

IndiGo Enhances Middle East Connectivity

By David Casey May 19, 2023
Bahrain, Dammam and Jeddah will receive new routes from India over the coming weeks.
Airports & Networks

EgyptAir and Air Cairo sign codeshare agreement

By David Casey Sep 01, 2020
The two carriers have agreed a codeshare deal less than four months after signing a Memorandum of Understanding to increase their cooperation.
Airports & Networks

Salam Air ready for take-off as first A320 arrives in Muscat

By Richard Maslen Nov 21, 2016
The airline's first aircraft, an Airbus A320, arrived in Muscat on November 18, 2016 to coincide with the country’s National Day, which celebrates independence from Portuguese control in 1650. It will be followed by two additional aircraft to support its initial launch plans.
Airports & Networks

Saudia goes 'Regional' with the A330

By Richard Maslen Aug 31, 2016
The A330-300 Regional is optimised for missions up to 2,700 nm (5-hour flight) covering short to medium haul routes and offers significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tons. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs will result in an overall cost reduction of around 20% compared with today’s long-range A330-300.
Airports & Networks

flynas helps Etihad grow in Saudi Arabia

By Richard Maslen May 23, 2016
With effect from June 23, 2016, flynas will add a second daily service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, increasing its combined offer with Etihad to four daily services. At the same time it will enter the Jeddah – Abu Dhabi market with a daily flight which will complement Etihad’s existing thrice daily services.
Airports & Networks

Qatar Airways and Emirates boost connectivity into Saudi Arabia

By Richard Maslen Dec 09, 2015
Saudi Arabia’s continued economic diversification, growth of the private sector and increasing popularity as a destination for the Middle East MICE industry is directly translating into increased demand for business travel within the region and Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways aim to be well-positioned to boost their positions in this market.
Airports & Networks

Saudia Outlines Initial 787 Routes

By Richard Maslen Sep 03, 2015
According to its latest schedule update, Saudia will place the 787-9 into passenger operation from February 1, 2016 with its first scheduled flight due to operate as ‘SV1020’ between Jeddah and Riyadh. The type will be used on various frequencies on this route as well as between Jeddah and King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, while links from both Jeddah (daily on the SV588/589 rotation until February 29, 2016) and Riyadh (various frequencies) to Dubai will commence the same day.
Airports & Networks

What are The World's Longest Scheduled Flights?

By Richard Maslen Aug 13, 2015
What are the world's longest scheduled air routes by distance and block time? As Emirates Airline reveals plans to launch a Dubai - Panama City route in February 2016, Routesonline investigates.
Airports & Networks

Firnas Airways Plans to Pioneer New Era in Economy

By Richard Maslen Jun 30, 2015
A new UK long-haul carrier plans to launch operations late next year and bring a welcome upgrade for Economy passengers with a new business concept. The carrier, Firnas Airways, intends to offer a one-class operation on routes from the UK to Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia serving the strong ethnic travel flows with an enhanced premium economy offering.
Airports & Networks

Qatar Airways Brings Premium Aircraft Operation to Jeddah Route

By Richard Maslen Jun 19, 2015
The Gulf carrier has boosted its capacity into Jeddah for the last nine consecutive years and currently operates a mix of Airbus A330-200, A330-300, A340-600, Boeing 777-200LR, 777-300ER and 787-8 equipment across its two daily flights to meet demand requirements on particular days.
Airports & Networks

Nile Air Flows Across Saudi Arabia and into Sudan

By Richard Maslen May 30, 2015
In a major expansion of its network Nile Air is adding three new routes during the first week of June, including a new country market, neighbouring Sudan. The new link between Cairo and Port Sudan will launch on June 6, 2015 and will be operated on a twice weekly basis, Nile Air’s first international service in Africa. It will bring competition and enhanced connectivity to a route currently served on a weekly basis by Sudan Airways.
Airports & Networks

Saudi Gulf Airlines and Al Maha Airways Set to Fly in 2015

By Richard Maslen May 30, 2015
Al Qahtani Group (linked to Gulf Air) and Qatar Airways were both selected in late 2012 to bring new competition into the Saudi Arabian domestic market as part of a series of reforms. Both have been working with the local regulator to establish their respective businesses, Saudi Gulf Airlines and Al Maha Airways, but despite an initial suggestion these carriers would take-off by the end of 2013, we are still awaiting their arrival into the local skies.
Airports & Networks

Indonesia AirAsia X Plans Jeddah and Sydney Links from Bali

By Richard Maslen May 28, 2015
Now, Kamaruddin Meranun, group chief executive officer of AirAsia X, Indonesia AirAsia X has confirmed that following the success of its initial two routes plans are under discussion to add links between Denpasar and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Sydney, Australia, although no launch dates or schedules have yet been confirmed.
Airports & Networks

New Air Arabia Jordan Business Ready to Take Flight

By Richard Maslen Apr 29, 2015
The new venture will complement the existing operations into Jordan with the introduction of regular scheduled flights to Kuwait from May 18, 2015 with services to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia following from May 19, 2015; Erbil, Iraq from May 20, 2015 and Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt from May 21, 2015 and more destinations are due to be added later in 2015.
Airports & Networks

Throwback Thursday: ‘Return of the Jeddah’ – Saudia’s Back at Manchester

Jan 08, 2015
At Routesonline we've decided to take a look back at the news breaking the same week in previous years and revisit it one or two years later to see what’s happened since we released the news.
Airports & Networks

Etihad Celebrates Busiest Four Days in Airline’s History

By Richard Maslen Aug 06, 2014
The total traffic for the four days is an increase of 36 per cent over the same period at the end of Eid Al Fitr in 2013, when 133,007 passengers took an Etihad Airways flight.
Airports & Networks

flynas Focuses on London Operations in UK Market

By Richard Maslen Jul 24, 2014
The closure of the Manchester operation will enable flynas to concentrate its activities at London Gatwick. It launched a twice weekly flight from Jeddah on April 8, 2014 and will launch a twice weekly service from Riyadh on July 27, 2014. The airline hopes to capitalise on the high-traffic Eid holiday period over the launch week of operations for the new route.
Airports & Networks

Singapore Airlines Ends Flights to Cairo and Riyadh

By Richard Maslen May 16, 2014
The airline says the decision to close flights to these two destinations from the end of September 2014 is due to the “sustained weak performance of both routes”.
Airports & Networks

Air Arabia Outlines Ras Al Khaimah Launch Plans

By Richard Maslen Apr 16, 2014
The airline will launch flights on eight routes across six countries from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport from May 16, 2014 despite its own Sharjah International Airport hub being just 80km away.
Airports & Networks

ROUTES EUROPE: flynas Builds Long-Haul Operations with Leased A330s

By Richard Maslen Apr 07, 2014
flynas has inaugurated its new long-haul network as it adds a new dimension to its flight offering. The carrier, which describes itself as Low-Cost Carrier Plus, offering customers added value, has wet-leased Airbus A330-200s from ACMI provider HiFly.
Airports & Networks

'Return of the Jeddah' - Saudia's Back at Manchester

By Richard Maslen Jan 13, 2014
Saudia Airlines, the national carrier for Saudi Arabia, has announced it will resume flights to Manchester Airport with the introduction of a direct…
Airports & Networks

Where Does the A380 Fly? - August 2013 Network Update

By Richard Maslen Aug 01, 2013
Although the Airbus A380 has now been in passenger service for almost six years there remains a lot of interest in the Super Jumbo. Every month The…
Airports & Networks

Saudia Goes Direct to Spain

By Richard Maslen Jul 17, 2013
Saudi Arabian national carrier Saudia is to launch non-stop flights to Spain from the start of the 2013/2014 northern winter schedules at the end of…
Airports & Networks

Gulf Air Boosts Schedule to Jeddah

By Richard Maslen Jun 27, 2013
Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, will introduce an extra rotation on its flights to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, increasing capacity on the route by…
Airports & Networks