Thursday, October 28, 2010

Emirates enhance operations to Saudi Arabia

Emirates will precede its existing operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with an extra 10 services per week to Riyadh and Jeddah, underscoring the raised economic ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

With a 71 percent raise in operations and a 75 percent raise in overall passenger capacity, the new services will further improve business and leisure trade between the two Arab nations.

From 31st October, Riyadh will get five additional services per week, taking its weekly service to 12 flights. From 2nd January 2011 Jeddah will get five additional services, taking its weekly operation to 12.

"Religious based travel to Saudi Arabia persists to grow exponentially each year, with these additional flights set to add a few much required capacity for inbound traffic," said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran.

The extra services to Riyadh will be serviced by an Airbus A330-200 with 12 First Class seats, 42 Business Class seats and 183 economy class seats. Jeddah will profit from a second A380 service with capacity to seat 517 passengers in a three class configuration.

Emirates remains devoted to the Saudi market with a total of 38 flights per week to four cites including; Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Al Medinah al Munawarah.

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