flynas to open new base at Madinah Airport

Two new flynas Airbus A320neos parked together on the ramp.
Photo Credit: flynas

Middle Eastern low-cost airline flynas has recently announced a new partnership with Tibah Airports Operation Company to establish an operational hub at Madinah Airport.

This alliance will pave the way for the launch of flynas’ latest operational hub at Madinah Airport, marking a significant milestone in the airline’s expansion journey. This will mean flynas will become the only operator with four bases across the Kingdom.

This move not only solidifies flynas’ position as a major player in the aviation industry but also aligns with broader objectives, such as the Pilgrim Experience Program (PEP) and the National Civil Aviation Strategy,

The move is broadly aimed at enhancing connectivity to the Two Holy Mosques and the Kingdom as a whole.

Madinah Airport hub

The formal agreement between flynas and Tibah Airports Operation Company was co-signed by the CEO and Managing Director of flynas, Mr. Bander Almohanna, and the Managing Director of Tibah Airports Operations Company, Eng. Sofiene Abdessalem.

The signing ceremony was also attended by Mr. Ayed Aljeaid, Chairman of the Board of Directors of flynas, and Dr. Ibrahim Al-Rajhi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tibah Airports Operation Company.


Photo Credit: flynas

Bander Almohanna, CEO and Managing Director of flynas, expressed his support for the venture, stating:

“Our investment in the new operations center at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, our fourth center in the Kingdom, is a testament to our commitment to enhancing our operational capabilities and expanding our domestic and international reach.”

“This strategic move perfectly aligns with our growth strategy and demonstrates our confidence in the Saudi market’s potential, as well as the ambitious goals set for the air transport sector.”

“Moreover, it mirrors the objectives of the Pilgrims Experience Program and the National Civil Aviation Strategy, which aim to increase the number of international destinations connected to the Kingdom to an impressive 250 by 2030.”

Tourism and Growth

The new alliance will also facilitate the influx of pilgrims and tourists to Madinah by offering enhanced air connectivity to various international destinations, ultimately benefiting both citizens and residents within the Kingdom, explained Bander Almohanna.

Almohanna further emphasized that the new operations center would generate employment opportunities for Saudi nationals across various sectors, including ground crews, air cabin crews, pilots, and support roles, contributing to the country’s economic growth and development.

Exterior night view of Madinah Airport.
Madinah Airport. Photo Credit: Ahmedelyas, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

New Horizons

The upcoming expansion at Madinah Airport is set to bring exciting changes to the region’s air travel landscape. It is anticipated that both domestic and international flights connecting to Madinah Airport will commence operations towards the end of 2023.

This aligns with the arrival of new aircraft that will augment flynas’ existing fleet, further enhancing its capacity and reach.

Eng. Sofiene Abdessalem, Managing Director of Tibah Airports Operation Company, commended the signing of this agreement, highlighting its alignment with the national aviation sector strategy.

He also underscored the strength of the partnership between Tibah Airports Operation Company and flynas, emphasizing the collective efforts to attract a higher number of pilgrims and visitors.

Furthermore, the partnership seeks to broaden the array of international and domestic destinations accessible through Madinah Airport, ultimately boosting regional connectivity.

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