Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is increasing capacity to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a third daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah, with effect from 10 December 2015.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s flights to the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, launched in May 2006, are among the most popular of its regional services, enjoying high demand from the UAE and Etihad’s global network.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “I am delighted to build on the success of our Jeddah flights. This new service expands our operation to the kingdom and further strengthens the already strong historic relations and cultural ties between the two Arab states.
“Business, religious and leisure guests flying between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah may now choose from greater schedule options. Abu Dhabi’s geographical location makes it ideal as a gateway for air travellers going to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, connecting easily and quickly across Etihad Airways’ route network.”
Etihad Airways’ third daily service between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah will be served with an Airbus A320 aircraft, configured with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy.The existing double daily flights areoperatedon two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft,
Etihad Airways currently operates nine daily flights across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – including Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Madinah. Recently, Etihad Airways expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia through a new five-times-per-week codeshare between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi operated by codeshare partner flynas.