Qatar Airways plans to expand services to Saudi Arabia

Doha carrier says to launch three-weekly flights to Yanbu and Tabuk in second quarter of 2017

Qatar Airways has confirmed plans to launch services to Yanbu and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia with three-weekly flights beginning in May and June respectively.

The additional destinations take Qatar Airways’ total network connectivity within the Gulf kingdom to 10 destinations, the airline said in a statement.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We have been steadily growing our presence and services to Saudi Arabia for the past 20 years. Both Yanbu and Tabuk as our ninth and tenth new destinations in the kingdom will bring additional flight options for passengers connecting from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.”

The airline will fly a A320 aircraft direct to and from Yanbu and Tabuk on a three-weekly schedule, featuring a two-class cabin configuration with 12 seats in First Class and 132 Economy Class seats.

Qatar Airways began operations to Saudi Arabia in 1997 with non-stop flights to Jeddah. The airline has since added Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, Gassim, Ta’if, Al Hofuf and Abha.

Qatar Airways currently operates 158 weekly flights to eight key cities in Saudi Arabia. The addition of Yanbu and Tabuk will increase the number of Qatar Airways’ weekly flights to Saudi Arabia to 164 non-stop flights.

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