Etihad Airways, will substantially boost flights to Riyadh from a daily service to 13 flights a week from 30th October. The extra services, to be operated by Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, will offer greater access for business travellers to explore commercial opportunities in the two Arabian capitals.
The new Riyadh schedule will boost connectivity significantly to a number of key destinations across the airline’s global network, including the Indian Subcontinent, Indonesia and the Philippines.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Saudi Arabia is a key market for Etihad, and Riyadh has always been an important strategic destination for the airline. These changes allow us to strengthen our position within the GCC network.
“We are grateful to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority for their support, which has enabled us to add the extra flights.”
Etihad Airways launched its services to Riyadh in December, 2004. The airline also offers 13 flights -per-week to Jeddah and Dammam.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2010 carried more than seven million passengers.
From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad serves 72 cities in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 61 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
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