Articles Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

Europe, Middle East and Africa S18 review; UK biggest market; Jeddah – Riyadh is busiest route

Europe, Middle East and Africa S18 review; UK biggest market; Jeddah – Riyadh is busiest route

This week, in the second instalment of our regional review for S18, we look at Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Nick Preston takes a look at the region’s busiest country markets, airlines and routes for a typical peak week in summer and offers a comparison of this year’s schedules with those of S17.

Heathrow Expansion - 61 unserved African routes; 27 African countries!

Heathrow Expansion – 61 unserved African routes; 27 African countries!

In the lead up to the anna.aero-RABA Heathrow HubLAB conference next month, we look at Heathrow’s underserved potential for routes to Africa and the Middle East. There are 61 African airports and 27 countries with links to other mega hubs in Europe, but no services to Heathrow this summer.

flydubai sees capacity fall for first time in 2017 after seven years of growth; Saudi Arabia is top destination market

flydubai sees capacity fall for first time in 2017 after seven years of growth; Saudi Arabia is top destination market

flydubai provided more than 15 million seats across its network in 2017, representing a marginal 2.0% reduction compared to the previous year. The Middle Eastern LCC has enjoyed a rapid rise since commencing services in 2009. Nick Preston examines the carrier’s development, including its fleet and network trends.


The US and China have largest domestic networks in 2017, but Australia offers more seats per capita and Middle East markets are growing fast

The US and China have largest domestic networks in 2017, but Australia offers more seats per capita and Middle East markets are growing fast

Global domestic capacity grew by 7% from 2016 to 2017 with more than 6.2 billion seats on sale this year. While the US remains the largest domestic market, it is being outgrown by other developing networks. anna.aero has trawled through the schedules to reveal the largest domestic markets, and which are growing at the fastest […]

Nepal welcomes three new carriers; overall capacity to the nation down 3.9%; Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka to be next country markets?

Nepal welcomes three new carriers; overall capacity to the nation down 3.9%; Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka to be next country markets?

Himalaya Airlines, Druk Air and US-Bangla Airlines are three carriers which have inaugurated flights to Nepal this summer. However, despite the rise in serving carriers, Nepal’s overall seat capacity this summer is down 3.9%. anna.aero takes a look at some of the key airline and country market changes, and investigates the next potential markets.

Saudi Arabian airports forecast to smash 80m passengers in 2015

Saudi Arabian airports forecast to smash 80m passengers in 2015

Saudi Arabia has not been off the front pages much so far in 2016. Its airports and airlines are creating headlines too, with new routes, like flynas’ launch from Dammam to Khartoum this week, driving robust growth in the country. anna.aero delves into the secrets of this Middle Eastern aviation powerhouse.


Leak of the week: flynas looks to launch long-haul operations in 2014

Leak of the week: flynas looks to launch long-haul operations in 2014

Currently serving regional destinations from Saudi Arabia with its all-A320 fleet, the LCC is evaluating flying to Europe in 2014 using A330s. The airline is also eyeing new routes in Iran and Morocco.

Saudi Arabian airports forecast to break 70m passengers in 2013

Saudi Arabian airports forecast to break 70m passengers in 2013

Sidewall skiing (where cars drive on two wheels) is a growing trend in Saudi Arabia. Air travel is also growing in popularity too, with the country’s airports doubling in size since 2004. anna.aero investigates the biggest airlines and routes in this burgeoning market.

Riyadh: International traffic more than doubles in a decade; new services from Shaheen Air and SpiceJet

Riyadh: International traffic more than doubles in a decade; new services from Shaheen Air and SpiceJet

Two new airlines – Shaheen Air and SpiceJet – were already welcomed to Riyadh Airport in 2013, adding four new routes to the airport’s offering. But with international traffic more than doubling up in size since 2002, the airport is now entering yet another decade of growth. New destinations for 2013 include Rome with Alitalia.


Qatar's just-announced new routes: an analysis of the competition

Qatar’s just-announced new routes: an analysis of the competition

Despite already planning to start six new routes before the end of the year, Qatar Airways has revealed plans to start four more; Baku (Azerbaijan), Entebbe (Uganda), Medina (Saudi Arabia) and Tbilisi (Georgia). All will be served by A320s but which other carriers operate international flights to these destinations?

flydubai announces Riyadh and Jeddah; faces low-cost competition from nasair and Air Arabia

flydubai announces Riyadh and Jeddah; faces low-cost competition from nasair and Air Arabia

Dubai’s low-cost carrier has announced two major routes to Saudi Arabia, but which low-cost carrier already operates on both routes? And which indirect competition makes the competitive situation even tougher?

Nas Air now only Saudi LCC; two new links to Dubai will take international network to over 30 routes

Nas Air now only Saudi LCC; two new links to Dubai will take international network to over 30 routes

Now that Sama is no more Nas Air is the only remaining Saudi-based LCC. International routes now represent over half of the airline’s capacity but which routes has it started this year? How much competition does it face on its busiest domestic route?