New Route of the Day (2 December 2023): flynas between Jeddah and Brussels
flynas inaugurated operations between Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Brussels on Saturday 2 December. The 3-weekly 4,420-kilometre service will be maintained on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with the A320neo aircraft. The airline faces no competition on the route.
Flight XY641 departs Jeddah at 03:40 local time, arriving in Brussels at 08:25 local time. The return service, operating as flight XY642, takes off from the Belgian capital at 09:20 local time, arriving in the Saudi port city at 17:20 local time.
What they said
Bander Almohanna, CEO and Managing Director of flynas, said: “With the addition of this new destination connecting Jeddah to the capital of Belgium, Brussels, flynas continues to strengthen its position as a globally leading low-cost airline and expand its growing network of destinations within our strategic partnership with Saudi Air Connectivity Program – ACP.”
Ali Rajab, CEO of ACP, noted, “Europe remains a pivotal market for Saudi Arabia. Building upon the successful launch of the Marseille-Jeddah route by flynas last year, introducing this new route to Brussels is a significant step forward in our ongoing commitment to bolster air connectivity with Europe. We are eager to continue facilitating improved access for European travellers to the Kingdom by collaborating with both local and international airlines.”
Flynas becomes first Saudi airline to fly to Belgium
flynas’ new service between Jeddah and Brussels aligns with the airline’s expansion strategy launched early last year to improve connectivity between Saudi Arabia and Europe. It becomes the first Saudi carrier to operate between its home country and Belgium. Increased European – Saudi connectivity falls within the objectives set by the Kingdom’s National Aviation Strategy, which aims to accommodate 330 million passengers and host 100 million tourists by 2030.
The Saudi Air Connectivity Program was established in 2021 to contribute to tourism growth in Saudi Arabia by enhancing air connectivity and developing existing and prospective air routes, connecting Saudi Arabia to new destinations.
Currently, flynas connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations, with more than 1,500 weekly flights, flying over 60 million passengers since its launch in 2007. The carrier’s growth plan aims to reach 165 domestic and international destinations by 2030, in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
Six carriers from the Middle East fly to Brussels
flynas has become the sixth Middle Eastern carrier to maintain operations to Brussels, with the others being Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Middle East Airlines and Royal Jordanian Airlines. Out of the six, Emirates boasts the largest number of weekly flights and capacity with 2-daily services from Dubai. It is followed by Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, with flynas positioning itself as the fourth largest on the market, offering 510 weekly seats to Brussels.