A cake was cut in Dammam in Eastern Saudi Arabia on 1 November to commemorate the start of flyadeal’s daily service from Jeddah. A day later, the Saudi Arabia Airlines-owned LCC began daily operations to Gassim, in the heart of the country.
- flyadeal, the Saudi Arabia Airlines-owned LCC, has started flights on its second and third routes from its Jeddah (JED) base. The airline began operations on 23 September when it commenced double-daily flights to Riyadh. On 1 November, the fledgling carrier launched daily operations to Dammam (DMM), and is expected to increase frequencies to double-daily from 15 November. This 1,202-kilometre domestic sector will face some tough competition, with its parent providing 64 weekly flights, along with flynas (33), Saudi Gulf Airlines (14) and Nesma Airlines (three). On 2 November, flyadeal inaugurated daily operations from its base to Gassim (ELQ). The incumbents on this route are again Saudia and flynas, but at a lower weekly frequency – double-daily and daily respectively. Both routes will utilise the LCC’s 180-seat A320 fleet, of which it now has three, according to ch-aviation’s fleet database.