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Airlines add Saudi flights during Ramadan

posted Aug 13, 2010, 6:12 AM by Rowan Hewitt
13 Fri, Aug 2010

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BOTH Emirates and Etihad Airways will add extra flights for travellers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Emirates will add a total of 129 additional services to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across August, September and October. 

Jeddah and Riyadh will benefit from Emirates’ extra services. 
A total of 75 additional flights will operate to and from Jeddah throughout August and September, with Riyadh receiving 54 extra services up until the end of October this year. 

Emirates received permission from the Saudi Authorities to operate a portion of these flights for Umrah passengers and the remainder of the flights for regular traffic.

The new flights will be serviced by a mix of A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft, operating in either a two or three class configuration. 

Etihad’s additional services will operate until September 12 and build upon the 28 return flights Etihad currently operates every week to the Saudi Arabian destinations of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. 

The services – which will be operated by two and three class Airbus A330s and A320s – also open a range of short and long-haul connection options for air travellers in Saudi Arabia flying via Etihad’s home base in Abu Dhabi to destinations around the world.

Throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, Etihad Airways will also be welcoming guests to a traditional Emirati tent at the airline’s premium check-in counter at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Arabic coffee, dates and refreshments from Etihad’s Diamond First class cabin menus will be served to all Etihad Airways passengers between 19h00pm-20h00pm, to coincide with the evening prayer and the breaking of the fast.  

Jeanette Phillips