Flyadeal, the Kingdom’s new low-fare airline, will start operations on Sept. 23, Saudi National Day. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) granted Flyadeal an air operator certificate on Wednesday.
As Saudi Arabia looks to diversify away from hydrocarbons, it is expanding its air services to boost tourism. The kingdom recently announced the launch of a massive tourism project that will turn 50 islands and a string of sites on the Red Sea coast into luxury resorts.
Flyadeal chairman Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said the addition of Flyadeal to the Saudi aviation market will help meet the growing demand for low-cost air travel and offer customers more choice.
Flyadeal will operate a fleet of eight Airbus A320ceo aircraft and will initially fly domestic routes before expanding to the Middle East. Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Qurayyat Airport received its first flyadeal test flight, a 186-seat Airbus A320.