New Saudi budget carrier Flyadeal to start flying next month

Saudi Arabia’s new budget carrier Flyadeal said Thursday it will start flying next month, as the kingdom seeks to expand air services to boost tourism in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy.

The airline said it will commence operations on the Saudi National Day on September 23, with the entire fleet expected to be delivered by mid-2018. “Saudi Arabia and the region at large has a very young and digitally savvy population, who has an increasing thirst for low fare travel domestically and across the region,” Flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The launch is essential to contributing to the continued growth in air travel in Saudi Arabia and beyond,” said Flyadeal chairman Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser after taking delivery of the first aircraft in the German city of Hamburg.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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