Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national carrier, has announced the launch of a new low cost service, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The new airline, which has been named Flyadeal, will serve both domestic and international routes.
Headquartered in Jeddah, the carrier is expected to begin domestic operations in mid-2017.
Flydeal will operate as an independent entity from Saudia and is part of the kingdom’s plan to boost its air transport infrastructure, a report in Gulf Business said.
“The airline is focused on delivering value for money to cost-conscious customers. It will be a single-class low fare carrier which means we are focused on getting people from A to B for a fair price, Saudia Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al Jasser confirmed on twitter.
Saudia is the third largest in the Middle East in terms of revenue, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways. It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 120 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during the Ramadan and the Hajj (Pilgrimage) season.