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FLYNAS EXPAND THEIR FREQUENCIES BETWEEN ABU DHABI AND SAUDI ARABIA


A320 sky bg 01The 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 Dhabi.

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 Southeast Asia.

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 two capitals.

“By 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.

“The 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

Flight No

Origin

Destination

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

Aircraft

518

Abu Dhabi

Jeddah

03:30

05:20

Daily

A320

517

Jeddah

Abu Dhabi

06:20

10:10

Daily

A320

220

Abu Dhabi

Riyadh

15:25

16:10

Daily

A320

219

Riyadh

Abu Dhabi

17:40

20:30

Daily

A320

222

Abu Dhabi

Riyadh

21:20

22:05

Daily

A320

221

Riyadh

Abu Dhabi

22:50

01:35

Daily

A320


About Etihad Airways


Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2015 carried 17.6 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, 117 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 122 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. 


Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a brand that brings together partner airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com

About flynas


Launched in 2007, flynas is the first low-cost carrier in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), with a fleet of 26 A320 aircraft, operating more than 1000 weekly flights on 30 routes within and outside the kingdom. After unveiling a new brand identity in 2013, flynas launched a dedicated Business Class Cabin to diversify its offerings and announced a number of significant investments and developments in 2014. This led flynas to win the Middle East’s Leading Low Cost Airline for World Travel Awards 2015 and also the 2015 Airline of the Year for Supporting Tourism in the Arab World.

For more information contact:
Duty Media Officer
Etihad Airways
Tel: +971 50 818 9596
Email: dutymediaofficer@etihad.ae