In brief


Flynas starts Bahrain-Riyadh flights

Bahrain International Airport recently welcomed the first Flynas flight from Riyadh.

The introduction of new Flynas connections will further strengthen the regional connectivity and promote tourism and business opportunities between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, said a statement.

The inaugural Flynas A320 flight from Riyadh to Bahrain which started operations on November 15 was greeted with a warm welcome. The new route will be operated with a frequency of seven flights per week between King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Bahrain International Airport.

“Saudi Arabia has always been a key market for us, with airline connectivity between the two countries over seven decades attracting a passenger traffic of around 1.5 million annually. The new connections with Flynas reaffirms our commitment to strengthening the bond between the two nations, with enhanced connectivity that will not only benefit travellers but also foster cultural exchange, business collaborations, and tourism ties,” said Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer at Bahrain Airport Company.

The introduction of new routes comes in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Qatar Airways resumes flying to RAK

Qatar Airways flight– an Airbus A320 from Doha – touched down at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport on November 1 shortly after 10PM, marking the resumption of services on the route from one of the world’s largest airline networks. With just one hour flight from Qatar Airways’ Doha hub Hamad International Airport, passengers will now enjoy seamless entry into Ras Al Khaimah. As part of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority’s (RAKTDA) strategy to enhance global connectivity to the Emirate, the partnership with Qatar Airways will strengthen international travel to Ras Al Khaimah.

Raki Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said “Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leading airlines and this partnership will play a pivotal role in raising the overall competitiveness of our tourism ecosystem as well as meet the growing demand for travel to the Emirate. We look forward to working together to drive sustainable growth, in line with our ambition to attract three million visitors annually by 2030 and increase tourism’s contribution to Ras Al Khaimah’s GDP.”


Abu Dhabi returns to British Airways route

British Airways will launch daily flights to Abu Dhabi next year, following a four-year hiatus.

The route will begin operating on April 20, 2024, serving the UAE’s capital on a year-round basis from London Heathrow. Famous for its towering architecture, rich culture, desert landscapes, magnificent beaches and world-class attractions, this Middle Eastern metropolis is enjoyed by those looking for an eclectic mix of culture, relaxation and adventure.

The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 aircraft in summer 2024 and will boost connectivity to the UAE as it joins flights to neighbouring Dubai, which operate up to three-times daily from Heathrow.


Riyadh Air makes its mark at Dubai Airshow 

Riyadh Air, Saudi Arabia’s new world-class airline wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), dominated industry conversations with a series of major announcements at Dubai Airshow 2023.

The digital-first experience showcased more about Riyadh Air’s ambitions and future plans as it ushers in a new era for the travel and aviation industry, unlocking KSA’s most beautiful cultural and natural attractions and positioning KSA as a world-class logistics and travel hub. Riyadh Air unveiled to the world’s media the second of its permanent dual-livery designs.

Major partnerships were announced with Saudia, Lucid Group and Lufthansa Systems. Riyadh Air hosted VIP guests, partners, media, and stakeholders as well as participated in several industry panel discussions, engaging in key industry conversations such as aviation disruption, technology innovation, guest experience, sustainability, and talent acquisition.

In the run-up to the Dubai Airshow the digital-native airline also announced major partnerships with IBM Consulting and Microsoft.