Saudi summer flights increased

EMIRATES’ summer service to the Saudi Arabian city of Al Medinah al Munawarah has begun to  Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport and, to meet the strong demand, an additional two services per week will be added to the route effective from August 3.

The extra flights, which will take the service up to four times weekly, will operate until September 24 in line with the temporary summer schedule.

Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president commercial operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “Forward bookings over summer for Medinah Al Munawarah are extremely strong, particularly from key markets including the UAE, the sub-continent, Far East and parts of Africa. We are extremely pleased with how this short term destination looks set to perform and, all being well, we may look to make this a more permanent route.

“The first flight to a new destination is always special and this first flight to Medinah Al Munawarah has been no different. We are confident that our passengers will continue to be impressed with our award-winning standard of service as well as our convenient connections when travelling from outside Dubai.”

From August 3 the two additional flights will depart Dubai each Tuesday and Saturday at 7.05am arriving in Medinah Al Munawarah at 8.50am. On the return journey the flight will depart Al Medinah al Munawarrah at 10.15am, arriving in Dubai at 1.55pm. Emirates’ currently has two scheduled flights to the city departing on a Friday and Sunday. The service is operated by an Airbus A330-200.