Etihad Airways will be increasing the number of flights between Abu Dhabi and the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
Effective December 8, 2019, the airline will roll out four daily flights between the two cities. In line with the increased frequency, an Airbus A320 will be fitted with eight business class seats and 150 economy class seats.
Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new fourth daily service to Riyadh is demonstrative of our commitment to the Saudi market, and of the increase in demand on this core route. This has been boosted by warm relationship enjoyed by the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and by the recent easing of entry visa regulations for tourists entering the Kingdom.”
The increase comes as Etihad has a codeshare agreement with the Saudia airline. The two airlines place their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina.
“Riyadh is a key market on our global network, and the additional service adds yet more attractive timings to both business and leisure travellers flying between both capitals, as well as more options for travellers connecting through Abu Dhabi onto Etihad’s global network. As Etihad and Saudia continue to strengthen their partnership, the new flight will also provide convenient travel options to our customers, allowing increased codeshare connectivity on joint services," Kamark added.