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Saudia seeks to expand global network

Saudi carrier appoints Route Exchange to reach new markets, approach airports

Saudia seeks to expand global network
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Saudi Arabia's national carrier has approached airports around the world as part of its plan to expand its global network.

Route Exchange, the online platform for air service development, has announced the launch of a request for proposal (RFP) from Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The national airline of Saudi Arabia, based at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport, operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 70 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Saudia will analyse RFP submissions from airports before scheduling meetings with potential new partners at the 18th World Route Development Forum in Abu Dhabi later this year.

Mohammed Binhafeez, senior planning specialist at recently rebranded Saudia, said: "We are re-structuring our network and looking forward we aim to reach new destinations.

"In order to do that Saudia have invested heavily in an expansion of our fleet. Moreover, the opening of the new Jeddah airport in 2014 will make links to new destinations and our current network more efficient.

"We are using Route Exchange to reach new markets and welcome airports worldwide to join the process to demonstrate what opportunities exist from their markets to our bases."

Declan Maguire, business development manager for Route Exchange, added, "Saudia are prepared to listen to any airport who can demonstrate strong demand between their market and their Jeddah and Riyadh bases."

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Shafiqur Rahman 8 years ago

They are trying to make new network but they ignore about existing net work which they has. Saudi Airlines have some problem, like baggage weight allocation. I don't know about other country, but for Asia they have to allow more baggage and at least 50 kg. and in hand 20 kg. then they will get more business from Asia. This week I send more the 50 passenger but they deny to going by Saudi Air because of the restriction of baggage weight not more then 30 kg and in hand only 5 kg.
no body wish to by Saudi flight for these reason, the Authorities have to look this point.
Also have to give service like Emirates Airlines; the staff of Saudi Airlines is like king they behave with Asian passenger like their servant.
food items also not good and entertainment also no good.

Thanks for better understand

Umar Khan 8 years ago

Saudi Arabian Airlines should add following direct flights from:

1. JED - Orlando (MCO) - JED
2. JED - Houston - JED
3. JED - LAX - JED

Saudia will have traffic of tourists, Umra and Hadj traffic all around the year on these sectors.