Qatar Air to launch sixth Saudi route in October

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Qatar Airways on Monday announced it will begin flights to Ta’if, in the Makkah province of Saudi Arabia, from October 2. 

The non-stop service from Doha will operate four-times-a-week, the Gulf carrier said in a statement.

“For nearly 20 years we have been steadily growing our presence and services to Saudi Arabia,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

“As our sixth destination, Ta’if will bring additional connectivity for passengers connecting from Asia, the Middle East and GCC countries.”

The Doha – Ta’if route will be operated by an Airbus A320 with an average travel duration time of just over two hours. 

The launch marks the continued expansion of services by Qatar Airways to Saudi Arabia since it began in 1997 with non-stop flights to Jeddah. Since then the airline has added Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah and Gassim to its portfolio of destinations.

When added in October, the new services will bring the carrier’s global network to 131 destinations worldwide.

Qatar Airways has so far launched seven destinations – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq) and most recently, Sulaymaniyah (Iraq).

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, US (April 2014).

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