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Korean Air resumes flights to Saudi Arabia

Seoul-based airline restarts service to Gulf kingdom after hiatus of 15 years

Korean Air resumes flights to Saudi Arabia

South Korean Airways has resumed its direct flights between to Saudi Arabia after a hiatus of 15 years.

The Riyadh to Incheon route, which was restarted this week, was welcomed by Abdullah bin Mohammed Hamad Al-Tassan, director general of King Khalid International Airport.

Korean Airways will fly to the Gulf kingdom three times a week.

The service was suspended in 1997 after the end of the boom period of South Korean construction companies in the Middle East, a statement said.

The route is being operated with an Airbus 330-200, seating 218 passengers, the statement added.

Working in partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines, Korean Air is set to expand its network across the Middle East region and also serve as a catalyst to expand trade exchange between Saudi Arabia and Korea.

Korean Air, headquartered in Seoul, flies to 122 destinations in 42 countries and has a fleet of 148 planes and more than 15,000 employees.

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