Etihad Airways is launching a fourth daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh on December 8, to be operated by an Airbus A320 featuring eight seats in business class and 150 seats in economy class.
Chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, Robin Kamark declared: “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 KSA, and by the recent easing of entry visa regulations for tourists entering the Kingdom.
“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,” he added.
Kamark explained that as Etihad Airways and SAUDIA continue to strengthen their codeshare partnership, the new flight will also provide convenient travel options to customers, allowing increased codeshare connectivity on joint services.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline and SAUDIA place their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina.
Adding to this, Etihad Airways also places its ‘EY’ code on Saudia flights to Peshawar, Multan, Port Sudan and Vienna, while Saudia places its ‘SV’ code on Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad, Belgrade, Brisbane, Chengdu, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Lagos, Melbourne, Moscow-Domodedovo, Rabat, Seychelles and Sydney.
Subject to approvals, the Saudi-based airline will progressively add its code to Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and 11 more destinations in nine countries, including Amsterdam, Baku, Brussels, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Phuket, Nagoya, Tokyo and Seoul.