By Sarah Townsend
Doha airline plans more flights to Madinah, Jeddah as part of expansion in Saudi Arabia
Qatar Airways said on Sunday it would increase services to and from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by 40 percent from September.
The airline said it plans to add a third flight to and from Riyadh every day except Tuesday, offering an increase from 14 to 20 flights weekly.
The airline has also said it plans to increase flights to Madinah to three daily services from September.
Qatar Airways serves eight cities in Saudi Arabia and, with a recent increase to four daily services to Jeddah, will operate a total of 143 flights a week.
It said passengers travelling into and out of Saudi Arabia would benefit from greater connectivity to the airline’s network of 150 destinations via Doha.
Ehab Amin, Qatar Airways’ senior vice-president, commercial, for GCC, Levant, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Africa, said: “Increasing our capacity to Riyadh, on top of our recently announced frequency increases to Jeddah and Madinah, reflects the importance of Saudi Arabia to Qatar Airways.
“We are proud to serve eight destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to sponsor Saudi Premier League winners, Al Ahli Saudi Arabia Football Club (FC).
He added: “Increasing the number of Qatar Airways flights to Riyadh means Saudi travellers have more convenient access to our rapidly expanding global network.
“The increased capacity will boost the amount of First Class seats available between Riyadh and Doha, so more passengers from Saudi Arabia can enjoy our award-winning premium service.”For all the latest transport 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.