Flynas, a Saudi low-cost airline, has joined the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as an affiliate member, becoming the first Saudi airline and the first low-cost carrier in the Middle East to join the organisation.

The Affiliate Members form an integral part of UNWTO membership, bringing together over 500 companies, educational and research institutions, and NGOs to engage in dialogue, share information, and take further action with the objective of contributing to sustainable global tourism, in which knowledge and innovation are applied to making tourism more responsible and competitive, in accordance with the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Flynas’ joining as an affiliate member of the UNWTO, which opened its Regional Office for the Middle East in Riyadh in 2021, contributes to highlighting the pioneering role of flynas and adds value in visibility, networking, participation, knowledge, support, and cooperation with Tier 1 organisations in the field of tourism.

On this occasion, Bander Almohanna, CEO and managing director of flynas, said: “Flynas joining the organisation as the first Saudi airline and the first Low-Cost carrier in the Middle East will reinforce its position as the 4th best Low-Cost airline in the world, pointing out that the membership goals come in line with flynas’ sustainability plan, which focuses on adopting initiatives with a sustainable impact on the environment, society, and the economy, in addition to its efficient role in shaping the future of global travel and its pioneering role in building a sustainable tourism sector.”

“Flynas places sustainability at the core of its operations, in line with the Kingdom’s goals to reach zero neutrality in greenhouse gas emissions by 2060,” Almohanna added.

The step coincides with choosing Saudi Arabia to host the 26th General Assembly session of the UNWTO in 2025, the first time the Kingdom will host the General Assembly of a UN organisation, underscoring the country’s growing prominence in global tourism. The UNWTO Executive Council has also approved the re-election of the Kingdom as president of the council for the year 2024 at the 120th Executive Council meeting held in the Uzbek city of Samarkand.

Last August, flynas joined the United Nations Global Compact, becoming the first airline in Saudi Arabia and the first low-cost airline in the Middle East to join the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
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