Monday, October 10, 2011

Saudi budget carrier completes one year of Kerala operations

Dubai: Low-cost air carrier nasair has completed its first year of operations in Kerala. The airline launched its operations to Kerala in October, 2010, with four flights between Saudi Arabia and Kozhikode Airport.

Launched in Saudi Arabia in February, 2007, nasair now transports more than five million customers annually. Its fleet consists of 15 aircraft covering 27 destinations both within and outside Saudi Arabia. Priced competitively, the fleet is considered the youngest in the region, with Airbus A320s and Embrear E190s. Owned by private aviation group National Air Services (NAS Holding), nasair entered the low-cost carrier market with a strong expansion strategy for India and consolidated its schedule to focus on flights from Kozhikode to Jeddah via Riyadh and Dammam, the three key domestic airports in Saudi Arabia, strengthening ties between the two countries.

The number of customers between Kozhikode and Saudi Arabia on nasair flights has increased rapidly and the airline has been able to cater to the needs of its customers by offering competitive fares, smart services and on-time performance. nasair added seven international destinations to its portfolio in 2011, emphasising the carrier's interest in serving key markets overseas.

In addition, the airline is working with authorities to offer smooth, onward connections to three other domestic airports within Saudi Arabia. "At nasair, we believe that one of the markers of success is serving our customers with efficiency, intelligence and warmth, that's how we have become the smart choice for customers on our network. We also know that tapping into new markets and growing destinations is the best way for us to service our people and India is one of the critical destinations we hope to continue to invest in at our airline," nasair Deputy CCO Turki Al Jawini said.

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