Etihad Airways says to add, change flights to Saudi holy city

Abu Dhabi carrier will introduce three more weekly services to Madinah for Umrah
Etihad Airways says to add, change flights to Saudi holy city
By Staff writer
Fri 06 Oct 2017 09:06 AM

Etihad Airways has announced it is re-timing its daily Abu Dhabi to Madinah flights to a daytime operation and will also introduce three additional weekly services during the peak winter period.

Effective from February 1, 2018, the current overnight departure from Abu Dhabi will be replaced by a mid-morning flight to the Saudi city, improving connections across the Indian subcontinent.

Ahead of the scheduling change, the airline said it will also increase frequency from 7 to 10 flights a week for two months between December 1 and January 31, 2018 to cater for demand during the peak Umrah travel period.

The additional capacity will be operated with a two-class Airbus A320 featuring 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways executive vice president commercial, said: “The re-timing of our Madinah flights to a daytime operation and introduction of additional services strengthens our business proposition and commitment to the Saudi Arabian market.

“The changes will greatly benefit our guests travelling between Abu Dhabi and Madinah, and offer improved connectivity across the Indian subcontinent and Asia.”

The Abu Dhabi-based airline currently operates 77 flights a week between the UAE’s capital city and four destinations across Saudi Arabia – Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah.

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