More flights have been announced between Qatar and Saudi Arabia starting Monday.
After it was reported on Friday that Qatar Airways would fly to Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Monday for the first time since June 2017, the airline on Saturday said it would resume flights to other Saudi cities as well in the coming days.
In a tweet on Saturday, Qatar Airways announced that it would resume flights to Saudi Arabia starting with services to Riyadh on Monday, followed by Jeddah on Thursday, January 14, and Dammam on Saturday, January 16.
All Qatar Airways flights to Saudi Arabia will be operated exclusively by wide-body aircraft, including the Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 and Airbus A350.
Qatar Airways flights will start with a daily service to Riyadh, four flights a week to Jeddah and daily flights to Dammam, the airline tweeted.
“We also look forward to resuming a strong relationship with our trade and cargo partners in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), as well as the major airports in the country,” Qatar’s national carrier said.
Speaking on the decision to resume flights to Saudi Airways, Qatar Airways Group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker said: “We are very pleased with the positive outcome from the GCC Summit and the decision to reopen all borders with Qatar.
“We welcome the opportunity to speak with any former employees in our neighbouring countries who previously worked with Qatar Airways and request that they get in touch with us as we build our operations.”
Flights will connect through Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the best airport in the Middle East for six consecutive years.
“Passengers in KSA will have the ability to connect to the largest network in the region with over 800 weekly frequencies to more than 110 destinations, more than any airline in the Middle East,” Qatar Airways added.
Last week, the Al-Ula Declaration was signed during the GCC Summit for the restoration of full relations between Qatar and the four nations – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – that had cut ties in 2017. This includes the reopening of borders and airspace.
Saudi to start Doha flights from Monday
Meanwhile, Reuters on Saturday reported that Saudi Airlines (Saudia) would operate flights from Riyadh and Jeddah to Doha, starting Monday, based on a tweet by the airline.
Source: Civil Aviation Authority-Qatar