flyadeal is the new LCC of Saudi Arabia, with it launching its first route on 23 September, a twice-daily link between Jeddah and Riyadh. Seen cutting the cake at the launch party in Jeddah are: Ghassan bin Abdulrahman al-Shabal, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation; Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Chairman of flyadeal and Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines; and Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal. The domestic link is already served by four other airlines.
- flyadeal, the newest LCC based in Saudi Arabia, launched its first operations on 23 September, the same day as Saudi National Day, with a twice-daily connection between Jeddah (JED) and Riyadh (RUH). “flyadeal takes to the skies for the first time as the new low-fare airline for Saudi Arabia. Our seat sales have been phenomenal in the first few days and we’re very excited about the future. By offering attractive low fares and clear choices that help travellers customise their journey, we will provide options that meet the needs of budget-conscious travellers,” commented flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis at the launch. According to the airline, which will use the flight code F3, when seats went on sale the carrier sold 10,000 tickets within the first 24 hours, with the first flight on the 850-kilometre route having a 100% load factor. The new airline is 100% owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, and its current fleet is two A320s. Competition on the city pairing of Saudi Arabia’s two largest cities is already intense, with Saudi Arabian Airlines (152 weekly flights), flynas (95), Nesmas Airlines (42) and SaudiGulf Airlines (31) all serving the route. Currently the airline has no other routes on sale.