The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) subsidiary Flyadeal an air operator certificate (AOC), thereby granting it use of its aircrafts for commercial purposes.
The AOC certificate requires operators to have personnel, assets and systems in place that ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.
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 initially fly domestic routes before expanding to the Middle East. Earlier, on Tuesday, Al-Qurayyat Airport received the first flyadeal test flight, a 186-seat Airbus A320.
“Your focused support and regulatory guidance over the last few months has helped us reach the highest standards in quality and safety before we commence operations,” said Flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis upon achieving the certificate.
“I have to thank all of you at GACA for helping us deliver this airline on time so that we can commence our flying next week, on National Day,” he added.
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