Saudia increases capacity on holiday destinations

More flights to Cairo, Geneva, Los Angeles, Manchester and Munich during peak season
By Staff writer
Sun 16 Jul 2017 09:16 AM

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has increased capacity on a number of leisure destinations across its route network, the airline has announced.

From now until mid-September, the kingdom's national carrier has increased its flights to Geneva to double-daily, and added an additional two flights per week to Manchester and Munich, taking them up to daily services respectively. Its Los Angeles route will also have an additional two flights added, taking it up to a five-times-weekly service.

Saudia's operations to Cairo, nonstop from five airports within the kingdom (Abha, Dammam, Riyadh, Madinah and Jeddah), will see a 30 percent increase in the total number of flights, compared to the regular scheduled services.

Both Airbus and Boeing narrow and widebody aircraft will be deployed on the routes receiving the additional capacity.

"The increase in flights is in direct response to heightened summer travel demand, and we are pleased to offer our guests additional flexibility and convenience during the holidays.” said Eng. Khalid Albassam, VP network & revenue management at Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Saudia will operate five flights a week to LA during the summer

Saudia, which operates 86 destinations across four continents, recently announced it will begin operating flights to Mauritius.

As part of the airline’s SV2020 Transformation Plan, multiple new aircraft are joining the Saudia fleet monthly, allowing the carrier to optimise its network to offer increased capacity on existing routes, and also to introduce new destinations.

The ongoing fleet investment will bring the airline’s average age to 3.75 years by the end of this year and by 2020 the airline is set to operate 200 aircraft in its fleet.

Last Updated: Sun 16 Jul 2017 09:16 AM GST

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