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New Saudi domestic airline Nesma to launch in November

Ha'il-based airline to fly to 12 Saudi cities using two ATR turboprop aircraft

New Saudi domestic airline Nesma to launch in November
Nesma Airlines ATR 72-600 turboprop pictured in Auugst after the airline received the Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in Hail.

Nesma Airlines is set to launch domestic flights in Saudi Arabia in November, the carrier’s managing director has said.

Ashraf Lamloum told Al Arabiya that the Ha’il-based airline’s business model would be built around direct flights to the northern city, as well as feeder services.

Nesma currently operates flights between Egypt and Saudi Arabia with three Airbus A320 aircraft. Its domestic services will connect Ha’il with 12 other Saudi airports, using two ATR 72-600 turboprops.

Other new airlines set to launch in the kingdom soon are VIP charter outfit Sky Prime, and Saudia-owned budget carrier Flyadeal.

Another operator, Dammam-based Saudi Gulf Airlines, was granted its licence in June, with local media reports suggesting it could launch services within weeks.

Al Maha Airways, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways, is also planning to launch services but is yet to receive its operating licence.

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