Nesma Airlines VIPs were greeted by airport officials on 21 November as the carrier began flights on three domestic city pairs in Saudi Arabia, all of which started on 21 November. All three routes will see the carrier competing against national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines.
- Nesma Airlines has used this week to take the opportunity of starting three new domestic services in Saudi Arabia, all of them from Jeddah (JED). All three new sectors began on 21 November, and all three will be operated by the carrier’s A320 family of aircraft. The 850-kilometre sector to Riyadh (RUH), to be operated six times daily, is the most fiercely contested, with nearly 300 weekly competing frequencies available from Saudi Arabian Airlines (194), flynas (84), Sky Pearl (10) and Korean Air (three). The 1,202-kilometre route to Dammam (DMM), to be flown twice-daily, is slightly more palatable, with only 109 weekly flights from the incumbents – Saudi Arabian (70), flynas (33) and fellow new market entrant SaudiGulf Airlines (6). The 689-kilometre city pair to Hail (HAS), to be operated daily, will see Nesma have to face the flag carrier for the third time, as Saudi Arabian already offers a double-daily operation. This service becomes the fifth offered from Hail by the airline, as it already flies to Al Qaisumah, Tubuk, Madinah and Turaif. See how Riyadh Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.