22 May 2016 12:37
The Saudi-based national airline, flynas, is increasing capacity between their home country and the UAE with new flights linking Abu Dhabi with Riyadh and Jeddah.
Effective on 23 June, flynas will add a second
daily service between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, increasing its combined offer with
Etihad Airways to four daily services. Also on 23 June, flynas will enter the
Jeddah – Abu Dhabi market with a daily flight which will complement Etihad
Airways’ existing thrice daily services. Together, both carriers will offer
four daily services linking Jeddah and the capital of the UAE.
These services will provide guests with
greater choice and flexibility when travelling between the two countries and
beyond over Etihad Airways’ worldwide network.
In addition to Riyadh and Jeddah, Etihad
Airways currently serves Dammam and Madinah, offering a total of 63 weekly flights
to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Whilst flynas new services will offer 14 weekly
flights from Riyadh to Abu Dhabi and seven weekly flights from Jeddah to Abu
The additional flights from flynas will be
operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, offering an additional 3,416 seats
per week, and ensuring maximum connectivity through Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi
hub to key destinations in North America, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, and
This comes as part of an expanded codeshare
agreement between the two airlines signed in October 2012. The codeshare agreement
allows flynas to place its ‘XY’ code on multiple Etihad Airways’ flights between
Abu Dhabi and 20 destinations on its global network.
Gregory Kaldahl, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice
President Network, said: “The expanding
of our codeshare with flynas reflects our commitment to the key market of Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia.
“The new flynas
services will offer business and leisure travellers greater choice and better
flight connection in their travel to Riyadh, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi to Etihad
Airways’ worldwide network.”
Bander Al Mohanna, CEO of
NAS Holding, said. “Since its launch in
December 2015, we have seen a significant increase in traffic on our daily
Riyadh to Abu Dhabi route, owing to the strong demand for travel between the
doubling the frequency of flights between these two strategically important
destinations, we are pleased to offer our guests increased flexibility, more
choice and greater convenience.
launch of the additional flights is also a true testament to the success of our
codeshare partnership with the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, with
whom we look forward to continue expanding our services in the future, most
immediately with the introduction of daily flights between Jeddah and Abu Dhabi
from 23 June, which will further widen the choice available to guests traveling
in both directions for business or leisure.”
Flynas Riyadh, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi schedule effective
23 June 2016 - all times local