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Air Arabia Egypt to fly direct to two Saudi cities

Low cost airline sayd it will start services to Riyadh on June 9 and Dammam on June 11

Air Arabia Egypt to fly direct to two Saudi cities

Air Arabia Egypt announced on Sunday that it will start direct services to Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

The low cost airline will start flights to Riyadh from the carrier's main hub in Burj Al Arab International Airport, Alexandria on June 9, with Dammam beginning on June 11.

Roundtrip flights will operate twice per week between Alexandria and Riyadh while flights to Dammam will operate three times a week.

AK Nizar, head of commercial at Air Arabia Group, said: "Air Arabia Egypt now serves Saudi Arabia with five weekly flights.

"We are confident the new services between Riyadh, Dammam and Alexandria will offer customers great value for money to travel between the two cities as well as contribute to the growth of travel and tourism between the two countries."

Air Arabia is the latest carrier to expand its operations in Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Airways said last week it is to significantly increase services to Saudi Arabia with the introduction of a fourth destination and additional services to existing markets, representing a 71 percent rise in flights.

The western Saudi city of Madinah will become the Doha-based airline's newest destination with four flights a week, beginning July 14.

The new route launch is in addition to increased capacity to Saudi Arabia's two largest cities - the capital Riyadh and Red Sea port city of Jeddah, which saw their daily services rise to double daily, effective June 1.

Also from June 1, the eastern city of Dammam will see capacity increase from the current 21 flights a week to 28.

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