Route Analysis: Riyadh-Prague | Routes

Non-stop flights between Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic will return in May when LCC flynas launches a route connecting Riyadh (RUH) and Prague (PRG).

The airline plans to start serving the area on May 1, operating three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using Airbus A320s.

The route will become the first non-stop service between the two countries since Czech Airlines exited the market in September 2018, two years after launching a summer season service.

The Czech Airlines route to Riyadh was the first direct air link between Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic and the nations have remained non-stop non-stop since flights were halted.

Flynas said it hopes to attract leisure traffic in both directions on the new RUH-PRG route. According to figures provided by Saber Market Intelligence, O&D traffic between Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic totaled 31,200 round-trip passengers in 2019, compared to 29,000 the previous year.

All traffic in 2019 was indirect, with around 42% of travelers making a single stop via Dubai (DXB). Istanbul (IST) was the second largest connecting market, followed by Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW).

According to data from OAG Schedules Analyzer, flynas plans to serve 14 European destinations this summer; compared to eight during the 2019 summer season. However, given the war in Ukraine, it is not clear whether the routes to Kyiv Borispol (KBP), Lviv (LWO) and Odessa (ODS) will run as planned.

The airline said its expansion into Europe would support the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 development plan. The 2030 strategy aims to diversify the Saudi economy away from oil and resource-based businesses to focus on other industries, such than tourism.

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Transporter:

Flynas

Plane:

Airbus A320

Frequency:

3 times a week

Start date:

May 1, 2022

Distance:

3,943 kilometers

O&D traffic demand (2019):

31,274

Annual growth (2019 vs 2018):

8.3%

Average base rate (2019):

$348.47

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