By Staff writer
Dubai-based airline says addition of extra flights will take total weekly number to 21 to Saudi capital
Emirates Airline has announced plans to boost its services to Riyadh with the addition of a third daily flight to the Saudi capital from Tuesday.
The addition of the third daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Riyadh to 21, the carrier said in a statement.
So far this year, over 450,000 passengers have travelled on the Dubai-Riyadh service, it added.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president Commercial Operations Centre said: “Emirates’ expanded schedule to Riyadh will offer more seamless connections for our customers but most importantly will broaden travel options for business travellers and families alike who are looking to visit Dubai. There are clear traffic flows between Riyadh and Dubai therefore boosting our services and increasing our capacity with a third flight makes business sense.”
In 2014, Saudi Arabian visitors to Dubai topped more than 1.5 million, according to a Deloitte Quarterly Middle East Hotel Market Insight Report.
The kingdom is the UAE’s largest trading partner in the region, with non-oil trade reaching an estimated AED256 billion in the first quarter of 2014, according to Saudi Arabian Federal Customs Authority data.
The third flight will be serviced by the A330-200 in a combination of a three class and two-class configuration.
Along with Riyadh, Emirates operates to Jeddah, Dammam and Medinah Al Munawarah in Saudi Arabia. Emirates currently serves Saudi Arabia with 59 flights a week. This will increase to 70 flights a week with the additional services to Jeddah and Riyadh.