Sama is pleased to announce the start of international flights* to Abu-Dhabi and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, which are to depart from King Fahad International Airport in Dammam, and King Khaled International Airport starting on Thursday 15 November 2007. “We are delighted to announce our first international flights. We are the first low fare airline in Saudi Arabia to operate to the destinations of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and we have chosen the U.A.E. for our first destinations in response to overwhelming public demand for the low fares and service that we offer. I would like to thank the General Authority for Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia and their counterparts in the U.A.E. for their trust and support of Sama and for facilitating the licenses we need to serve these routes” said Andrew Cowen, CEO of Sama.
He went on to say “The launching of Sama international flights to Abu Dhabi is a further demonstration of our commitment to increase the choices of those people looking to travel between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Fares begin at SR 199 one way from Dammam and SR 299 one way from Riyadh which we believe offers unrivalled value to the customer and will enable more people to travel more often between these popular destinations. We look forward to announcing further such destinations shortly’.
‘The popularity of our low fares offering, ease of booking and wide choice of services’ has meant that we have just reached the milestone of 500,000 bookings after just 7 months of operation. This confirms the public’s support for the low fares concept and the foresight of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation in allowing new airlines to enter the Saudi market’