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Emirates to boost Gulf network from Feb

Carrier plans to add flights to Amman, Riyadh and Jeddah on Mideast routes.

Emirates airline will strengthen its Middle East route network with additional flights to Amman, Riyadh and Jeddah starting February 2009.These additions follow the airline's recent increase of services to Damascus in December, from nine flights a week to eleven, according to a company press release.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates' senior vice president, Commercial Operations - Gulf, Middle East & Iran, said: “Emirates serves 14 cities in the Middle East with nearly 180 flights per week."

In the first week of February, Emirates will add flights to three cities in the region - one additional flight to Riyadh, two additional flights to Amman, and one additional flight to Jeddah. Emirates will add two more flights per week between Dubai and Amman on Tuesdays and Fridays, bringing its weekly service to Jordan to twelve.

On its Dubai-Amman route, Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft in a three-class configuration. The Dubai-Riyadh service will increase from six-a-week to become daily.

On February 3, Emirates' Dubai-Jeddah service will also increase to daily flights from the current six-a-week service. These new flights will facilitate travellers connecting to or from cities in South Africa, the Indian Sub Continent, the Far East and Australian points.

On its Dubai-Damman route, Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. On December 3, Emirates introduced two additional services to Damascus on Wednesdays and Thursdays, bringing its total flights between Dubai-Damascus to 11 per week.

The airline has a Middle East network covering 14 cities with 176 flights per week. With the additional flights to Amman, Riyadh and Jeddah starting February 2009, Emirates will operate in the region with 180 flights per week.

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