By Andy Sambidge
Seoul-based airline restarts service to Gulf kingdom after hiatus of 15 years
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.