Saudi Arabian airline Flynas has joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Founded in 2007, the low-cost carrier operates more than 1,200 flights each week on 35 domestic and international routes.
Flynas’ membership comes following its successful completion of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program in 2019, the international benchmark for operational safety among the world’s airlines and a prerequisite for all IATA members.
IATA membership will help Flynas enjoy “greater co-operation” with other member airlines
In a statement on the airline’s website, Flynas Chief Operating Officer Captain Mansoor Al-Harbi was “delighted” at the carrier’s acceptance into the trade association for the world’s airlines.
Confirming the official membership alongside Muhammad Ali Albakri (pictured), IATA Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Al-Harbi (pictured, above right) added that the airline can use its new-found position as an IATA member to grow the business.
IATA membership will help Flynas enjoy “greater co-operation” with other member airlines and increase connectivity through codeshare agreements, Al-Harbi said.
He also pointed out that the membership would enable Flynas to participate alongside specialized work groups to review and develop aviation policies and procedures.
Flynas is the third carrier from Saudi Arabia to become an IATA member, following in the footsteps of flag-carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and regional airline Saudi Gulf.