Popular Airlines in the Middle East
Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar, the airline is operating out of Hamad International Airport in Doha. Qatar Airways is known for its service and its huge international network, transiting through its hub. The airline is also part of the oneworld alliance.
Emirates is a state-owned airline in the United Arab Emirates. Similar to Qatar Airways, it's an airline with a huge international network and uses Dubai International Airport as the hub for passengers to connect through to their onward journey.
Etihad Airways is the national airline for the United Arab Emirates and operates out of Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airline was founded by Emiri decree in 2003 and currently operates services to the US, Canada, UK, France, UAE, South Africa, India, Hong Kong and more. Etihad is known for its luxury, with comfortable first, business and economy cabins, as well as the former 'Residence' on the airlines, now retired A380.
Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia Airlines is the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia. The airline uses Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport and owns Flyadeal, a low-cost airline, as their subsidiary airline. As a member of the SkyTeam alliance, you're able to enjoy the SkyTeam perks when you fly with the airline. With Saudia, you can book domestic flights or multi-city flights within Saudi Arabia.
Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey is flying out of Istanbul Airport in Istanbul. The airline is serving hundreds of destinations in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Similar to EgyptAir, it's a part of the Star Alliance.
Gulf Air is the flag carrier of Bahrain. They operate out of Bahrain International Airport and offers destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The flag carrier of Oman flies out of Muscat International Airport in Muscat, the capital city of Oman. The airline has a codeshare agreement with many airlines around the world, including Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and many more. Not only that, they fly to over 50 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa as well as a few domestic destinations.
Kuwait Airways is flying out of Kuwait International Airport and they offer scheduled services in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Although the airline isn't part of an airline alliance, it's a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation.
Jazeera Airways is a national airline of Kuwait, but unlike many national carriers, they are a low-cost airline. The airline was only founded in 2005, operating with a fleet of the Airbus 320 family and has previously won the 'Middle East Low-Cost Airline'. They are only serving in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Middle East Airlines, also known as MEA, is the flag carrier of Lebanon and it's flying out their capital Beirut airport, Beirut-Rafic International Airport. MEA is part of the SkyTeam alliance and you can enjoy the benefits of being a SkyTeam members' customers.
flydubai is a low-cost airline operating from Dubai. The airline in recent years has helped to supplement the route map of Emirates, serving less demand routes with a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. flydubai offers routes to a range of destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.
El Al is the national flag carrier for the state of Israel. The airline operates from its hub airport of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, with a route map including destinations across Europe, Asia, North America and a growing number of destinations in surrounding Arab nations.
Egyptair is the largest airline in Egypt and serves as the country's flag carrier, operating from Cairo International Airport. The airline also owns subsidiary Air Cairo and the new low-cost Air Sphinx. Egyptair operates to a range of destinations within Egypt as well as services to the wider Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
Royal Jordanian Airlines is the flag carrier of Jordan and is based at Queen Alia International Airport. The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s, A321s, A320s, A319s, Embraer 195s and Embraer 175s on its services to Europe, North America, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Royal Jordanian is a member of the oneworld alliance.
Iran Air is the flag carrier for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The airline is state-owned and has based its operations in Tehran's modern Imam Khomeini International Airport. Iran Air operates to numerous domestic destinations across Iran as well as to international destinations within the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
The flag carrier of Iraqi, Iraqi Airways is based at Baghdad International Airport. The airline operates a fleet of Airbus A320, A321, A330, Boeing 737, 747, 777 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft, with some Airbus A220 and Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order. Iraqi Airways fly to destinations both within Iraq as well as internationally to places such as the UK, UAE, China, Germany, Kuwait and more.
Air Arabia is a UAE based airline, which also has numerous subsidiary airlines within its portfolio. These include Air Arabia Egypt, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Arabia Jordan and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. All airlines including the parent operate as a low-cost airline, offering destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, India, Central Asia and Europe
Syrian Air is the flag carrier for the Syrian Arab Republic. The airline offers some domestic services within Syria as well as international flights to neighbouring Arab nations including Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Russia, Sudan and UAE. The airline currently operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A340 aircraft with 5 A320s in storage at present.