Emirates set to expand services to Saudi Arabia

Dubai-based carrier says it will offer 20 more flights each week from February 2
Emirates says the small engine fire was quickly extinguished. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 26 Jan 2013 10:07 AM

Emirates Airline is set to offer 20 more flights each week from its hub in Dubai to Saudi Arabia from next month.

The Dubai airline said in a statement that from February 2, Riyadh flights will increase from 17 to 28 a week, while services to Jeddah jump from 18 to 21.

The city of Dammam will also receive an extra six services, becoming 13 flights a week, the statement said.

Emirates also said the daily flight to Al Medinah al Munawarah will continue - taking the airline’s Saudi flights to a total of 69 per week.

“Stepping up our presence in Saudi brings greater convenience to customers and more opportunities to enjoy the world-renowned Emirates’ experience,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ vice president, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain.

“This is not only good news for travellers, it’s also good news for business. Travelling executives have a wider variety of flights to choose from and importers and exporters can benefit from extra cargo capacity on the additional frequencies,” he added.

Emirates serves four gateways in Saudi Arabia - Al Medinah al Munawarah, Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah, which is served by the airline’s A380.

On Saturday, Emirates said it will offer a triple daily A380 service to Jeddah to support school holiday demand, while making it even easier to travel to the popular Dubai Shopping Festival.

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