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Emirates set to expand services to Saudi Arabiaby Andy Sambidge on Jan 27, 2013
Emirates Airline is set to offer 20 more flights each week from its hub in Dubai to Saudi Arabia from next month.
The Dubai airline said in a statement that from February 2, Riyadh flights will increase from 17 to 28 a week, while services to Jeddah jump from 18 to 21.
The city of Dammam will also receive an extra six services, becoming 13 flights a week, the statement said.
Emirates also said the daily flight to Al Medinah al Munawarah will continue - taking the airline’s Saudi flights to a total of 69 per week.
“Stepping up our presence in Saudi brings greater convenience to customers and more opportunities to enjoy the world-renowned Emirates’ experience,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ vice president, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain.
“This is not only good news for travellers, it’s also good news for business. Travelling executives have a wider variety of flights to choose from and importers and exporters can benefit from extra cargo capacity on the additional frequencies,” he added.
Emirates serves four gateways in Saudi Arabia - Al Medinah al Munawarah, Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah, which is served by the airline’s A380.
On Saturday, Emirates said it will offer a triple daily A380 service to Jeddah to support school holiday demand, while making it even easier to travel to the popular Dubai Shopping Festival.
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