Emirates to start new Madinah summer service
Dubai carrier Emirates Airline has announced a new summer service to Madinah to meet the increased demand from haaj and umrah pilgrims travelling to Saudi holy cities.
The twice weekly flights, operated by an Airbus A330-200, will begin from July 2 and will run until September 24, the airline said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This new, limited time, service means that Emirates will have four gateways into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across the peak summer holiday, ensuring we are able to sufficiently service the thousands of people travelling to and from the country,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president commercial operations for the Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
The service will be available in a three-class configuration, with 12 First Class seats, 42 Business Class seats and 183 Economy Class seats.
The flight will depart Dubai each Friday and Sunday at 0115 hours and will arrive in Madinah at 0300 hours.
On the return journey the flight will depart Madinah at 0435 hours, arriving in Dubai at 0815 hours.
Emirates first began flights to the Saudi city of Jeddah in 1989. Since January 2009 the airline has increased services to the country from 17 to 21 flights weekly.