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SaudiGulf Airlines starts operations with Dammam-Riyadh flights

First international flight from Dammam to Dubai is also being planned for the first quarter of 2017

SaudiGulf Airlines starts operations with Dammam-Riyadh flights

SaudiGulf Airlines has started its commercial operations in the kingdom with two flights daily between Dammam and Riyadh.

The carrier received its licence to operate domestic flights within the kingdom from Saudi’s aviation regular GACA in June this year, the first such award in a long-planned liberalisation of the aviation market.

Based in the eastern city of Dammam, SaudiGulf Airlines started its operations with two scheduled services between Dammam and Riyadh on Saturday. The airline will add to this with the introduction of two flights a day between Dammam and Jeddah on November 27.

The routes will be operated with a fleet of new Airbus A320 aircraft, fitted with the latest in-flight entertainment systems.

Further expansion of the airline’s destinations see flights between Riyadh and Jeddah, with up to 7 connections daily, added in the first quarter of 2017. The first international flight from Dammam to Dubai is also being planned for the first quarter of 2017.

“The primary reason behind the launch of SaudiGulf Airlines is to meet the increasing demand for air transport services in the Kingdom, due to the rapid growth of the Saudi Arabian economy,” said Tariq Bin Abdelhadi Al Qahtani, chairman of the board of SaudiGulf Airlines.

“The main driver behind the birth of the SaudiGulf Airlines project was to contribute towards boosting air transport capacity both domestically and internationally, at exceptional service levels for the entire travel cycle,” he added.

Al Qahtani said the passengers “will experience quality and comfort based on the essence of true Saudi Arabian hospitality” on it flights. The in-flight entertainment systems will featured the latest Hollywood movies, while the interior is fitting with full leather seating. Passengers can also avail of the on-board wifi.

“SaudiGulf Airlines will be the new national carrier, raising the Saudi Arabian flag high up on the global aviation stage,” Al Qahtani said.

“The airline will inspire businesses and businessmen alike in the kingdom to develop similar initiatives to better serve the citizens and residents of the nation, with the support of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Saudi Gulf Airlines is open to accept bookings online through its website www.saudigulfairlines.com.

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