Bloomberg UTV speculated that the move may be in response to Saudi Arabian LCC, nasairs plans to launch India operations. nasair plans to launch three times weekly Riyadh-Kochi service from 01-Jun-2010, four times weekly Riyadh-Kozhikode service from 01-Jul-2010 and three times weekly Riyadh-Delhi service from 01-Aug-2010. The carrier launched four times weekly Riyadh-Mumbai service in Apr-2010.
Wataniya Airways also launched three times weekly Kuwait-Istanbul service on 02-May-2010. Istanbul is Wataniya Airways ninth destination and its first European destination city since the launch of operations in Jan-2009.