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Qatar Airways continues expansion in Saudi Arabia

Holy city of Medina has been launched as airline's latest destination.
NEWS, Aviation

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Qatar Airways has reaffirmed its commitment to Saudi Arabia with the launch of a fourth destination in the kingdom – four-flights-a-week to the holy city of Medina.

The new route, non-stop from Doha, takes the airline’s capacity to Saudi Arabia up to 60 services a week, representing a significant increase in frequency to the country from 35 flights just a few weeks ago.

Qatar Airways recently boosted capacity to Saudi Arabia with 14 weekly flights to the capital Riyadh; 14 services-a-week to the Red Sea port city of Jeddah; and 28 weekly flights to the key commercial hub of Dammam.

Medina is known as the second holiest city after Mecca, a place visited by Muslims from around the world. It is now developing into a thriving centre for education and commerce, in addition to its religious importance for thousands of years of history.

“We are delighted to add Medina to our global route network, further strengthening our presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and clearly proving how important this dynamic market is for Qatar Airways,” said the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker.

“We will now be able to fulfil the long-felt need of our customers, especially as we welcome the Holy month of Ramadan in a few weeks from now. As the route to Medina develops, we will also look to add frequency and capacity to improve connectivity even further,” he added.

The Doha – Medina route is operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in First Class and 132 in Economy.

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