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Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air has announced plans to launch service to three more cities in Saudi Arabia - Gassim, Yanbu and Taif - taking the total number of cities to seven in the kingdom. Services to Taif will begin from 15 January 2012 with four flights per week while flights to Gassim will start on 17 January with three flights per week. Yanbu services will begin from 15 February 2012 with three flights a week. The airline is the largest international network carrier operating into Saudi Arabia.