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Emirates to boost service to Saudi Arabia during Ramadan

Emirates airline has announced that it will add 73 additional flights to and from Saudi Arabia during Ramadan to help cope with high demand during the holy month.

Jeddah and Medinah Al Munawarrah will benefit from the extra services, put in place to serve the large number of passengers travelling to the kingdom for religious-based travel. The extra services will be in operation from 20th July to 1st September 2012.

“We expect travel to the Kingdom to increase significantly during the holy month of Ramadan in line with the annual movement of pilgrims. To effectively cater to this increased demand we have added extra services giving our passengers more flight options and easing the flow of traffic,” said Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran.

A total of 59 additional flights will operate to and from Jeddah throughout Ramadan, with Medinah Al Munawarrah receiving 14 extra services during the same time period.

“There is a high demand for travel to the Kingdom from across our network given our convenient and frequent flight options. With a growing fleet of 175 aircraft we are fortunate to have the flexibility required to adjust our schedules and accommodate this increased traffic flow,” added Khoory.

The additional flights will be serviced by a mixture of Boeing 777s and A330 aircraft, in a three class configuration. Emirates currently operates to four gateways in Saudi Arabia including; Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Medinah al Munawarah.

Emirates received permission from the Saudi Authorities to operate these flights for Umrah passengers.