Saudi airline looks to capitalise on London’s business appeal

Businesses in London could soon see a surge in the number of corporate visitors from the Middle East after budget Saudi airline Flynas chose the capital is its first European destination. 

Sulaiman Al Hamdan, the CEO of Flynas’ parent company, NAS Holding, says that Saudi Arabia’s historic relationship with London played a big part in the decision. He also spoke of London’s corporate appeal. 

According to businesstraveller.com, he said: “Selecting London was a logical choice given its position as one of the key commercial capitals of the world.

“London and Saudi Arabia inherently enjoy historic bilateral ties through education, tourism and business. Through the entry of Flynas to the UK capital we hope to reinforce these ties and capitalise on them.” 

Flynas, which is Saudi Arabia’s only privately funded airline, will operate its first flights from Jeddah to London Gatwick on April 8, routes-news.com reports. They will then continue three times a week as part of the company’s Global Flight Routes scheme, with some of the tickets costing around £170 during the initial promotional period. 
 
The carrier will then further increase its UK presence by adding Manchester to its list of destinations. The first flights from the Saudi capital to reach the North West will touch down at the beginning of May.