Dubai’s Emirates Airline is to boost its service to Saudi Arabia by 12 percent with an additional 1,722 seats per week, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Dubai flag carrier currently operates 15,140 seats per week in each direction to Jeddah and Riyadh, but plans to increase this by 12 percent by the end of the year.
The new capacity will result in an extra four weekly services to Jeddah and three weekly flights to Riyadh.
The new services to Jeddah will come into effect from June 1 and to Riyadh from August 1.
“Emirates has ambitious growth plans in Saudi Arabia and these added frequencies are an integral part of our long term strategy,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior VP of commercial operations in the Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
“The domestic growth within Saudi Arabia is staggering. Over 31 percent of all construction projects within the Middle East are in progress within the Kingdom and this 12 percent capacity increase will enable Emirates to capitalise on this growth, whilst supporting the country’s burgeoning economic development.”
Emirates began flying to Saudi Arabia in 1989.