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25/08/2017 - 20:00hs

Saudi Arabia launches budget airline

Flyadeal, a subsidiary of state-run carrier Saudia, will have its maiden flight on September 23.

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Staff members posing for a picture during the launch of the new carrier

Jeddah – The Saudi state-owned carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has launched Flyadeal, a budget subsidiary, at an event in the King Abdulaziz International Airport, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported this Friday (25).

Saudia director-general and Flyadeal chairman Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser said the new airline will have its maiden flight on September 23, the Saudi national date, WAM quoted the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as reporting.

The launch is part of Saudia’s SV2020 Transformation Strategy, designed to make its subsidiaries into world-class companies by 2020.

Flyadeal will cater to demographics including domestic passengers, pilgrims flying to Mecca, and the growing numbers of tourists visiting the country, WAM said.

At first, flights will connect some of the main Saudi cities, like the capital Riyadh and Dammam, in the Gulf. The carrier’s first aircraft, an Airbus A320-200, was delivered this Friday in Jeddah.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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