Saudi Arabia Flynas plans service in Belgrade
Saudi low-cost airline Flynas plans to introduce three weekly flights between Riyadh and Belgrade this summer. Operations will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a seasonal basis, from May to the end of September. Tickets are not yet on sale. Last year, the airline maintained a series of charters between the two cities to accommodate Indian workers quarantined in Serbia before entering the Kingdom. If the flights go as planned, it will be the first scheduled air service between the two countries.
The Serbian Foreign Minister held talks with Saudi Arabia’s non-residential ambassador to the country in February, during which the two discussed the potential introduction of flights between the two states, as well as the possibility ease visa requirements. Belgrade airport operator VINCI recently said: “The Middle East is one of our most important markets. We are in constant communication with the airlines in this region. During the pandemic, in line with Serbia’s constructive approach, Belgrade was used as a transfer point for passengers from this region. In the coming period, we can expect good news from the Middle East market.”
Flynas has announced a handful of new European destinations this summer, including Moscow, Prague, Mykonos and Santorini. He also held talks with operator Airports of Montenegro on introducing flights from Riyadh to Podgorica and Tivat this summer. Flynas began operations in the region in 2019 by introducing services from Riyadh and Jeddah to Sarajevo. It is Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier and currently connects more than seventy domestic and international destinations, through its fleet of forty Airbus A320s and A320neos. It has orders for 67 more A320neos. Flynas operates more than 1,200 weekly flights and has carried more than 55 million passengers since its launch. Besides Sarajevo, the carrier currently serves Tirana in the region.