flynas’ Jeddah to London Gatwick
Seen taxiing under London Gatwick Airport’s passenger bridge is the inaugural thrice-weekly flynas long-haul, low-cost operation from Jeddah. The carrier’s new service was greeted with a cake and half water arch, half rainbow upon arrival at the UK airport on 8 April.
- flynas continues to break away from the shackles of the traditional low-cost model, with two more long-haul routes, both starting this week on 8 April, and joining its recently launched operation to Kuala Lumpur. The airline’s Jeddah (JED) hub was connected to London Gatwick (LGW) as well as Karachi (KHI), with only the latter encountering any direct competition. Saudi Arabian Airlines (nine times weekly) and Pakistan International Airlines (six) will be the combatants on the 2,881-kilometre sector to Karachi, whereas to London Gatwick there will be no competition. However, both British Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines do operate daily services from Jeddah into London Heathrow. Both new routes are flown thrice-weekly and are operated by the LCC’s 331-seat A330s. Commenting on the launch to the UK, Guy Stephenson, COO, London Gatwick, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the first passengers from Jeddah to London Gatwick today as we continue to build on our already successful long-haul network. flynas is the first low-cost carrier to serve Saudi Arabia from the UK, introducing further innovation into the long-haul, low-cost, business model.”