By Andy Sambidge
Doha-based carrier says it will launch additional daily flight to Madinah from October 26
Qatar Airways has said it will be launching an additional daily flight to Madinah from October 26, as part of its expansion in Saudi Arabia.
The additional flight will increase the number of Qatar Airways’ weekly flights on the Doha – Madinah route from seven to 14 weekly services, the carrier said in a statement.
Qatar Airways first launched Saudi flights in 1997 with non-stop flights to Jeddah.
Since then the airline has added Dammam, Riyadh, Madinah Gassim, Ta’if and Al Hofuf to its portfolio of destinations in the kingdom.
The airlines said "ever-increasing passenger demand" prompted the increase in flights to Madinah from five per week to daily flights in April this year.
Qatar Airways currently operates 79 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia which will rise to 86 flights per week with the introduction of the additional flights to Madinah.
"We have been steadily growing our presence and services to Saudi Arabia," said Qatar Airways group CEO Akbar Al Baker.
"The additional daily flight to Madinah will now bring additional connectivity for passengers connecting from Asia, the Middle East and other GCC countries.
"From Madinah, passengers will be able to travel seamlessly through our Doha hub to popular cities such as London, Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong, New York and Washington.”
The new additional flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration, with 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy Class.