By Andy Sambidge
Low-cost carrier says it will start services to Eastern Province city of Hofuf on February 6
Low-cost carrier flydubai has announced plans to expand services to Saudi Arabia with the launch of flights to Hofuf.
The Dubai-based airline said flights to Hofuf, the largest city in the Al-Ahsa governorate, will start on February 6.
The new twice-weekly service to Al-Ahsa Airport will bring the total number of destinations served by the carrier in the Gulf kingdom to 11.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, thanked Saudi authorities for making the new route possible, adding: "We appreciate the continuous support we receive from the Saudi authorities and are honoured to have the opportunity to further expand our network in Saudi Arabia.
"The new service will further strengthen the strong cultural and trade ties between our two nations."
flydubai said it is the first airline to offer a direct air link between Dubai and Hofuf, opening up new opportunities for trade and tourism.
Beginning operations to Saudi Arabi in 2010, flydubai now serves Abha, Dammam, Ha'il, Hofuf, Gassim, Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Tabuk, Taif and Yanbu.
The airline said economy class return fares will start at AED690 from Dubai to Hofuf and SR750 from Hofuf to Dubai.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.