Etihad has announced an increase
in services to Jeddah from 1 February 2011 increasing services to 12 per week. These
services will operate on a two class Airbus A320 aircraft.
This announcement from Etihad comes several weeks after Emirates annouced that it would increase services to Jeddah with Airbus A380 service being put into operation on the Dubai to Jeddah route.
The full media release from
Eithad can be read below:
Etihad increases flights to Jeddah
Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its
flying programme to Jeddah from February 1, increasing from a daily service to
12 services per week.
increased flying programme is a result of the strong ties between the two
countries and the growing demand for business and religious travel in the
will operate a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft between the two cities,
with the capacity to carry 16 passengers in Pearl Business class and 120 guests
in Coral Economy class.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive
Officer, said: “Saudi Arabia is a cornerstone market for
Etihad and Jeddah has always been an important strategic destination for the
airline. Our new flights will further cater for the Saudi Arabian population
living in Abu Dhabi and across the UAE, as well as the growing numbers of
business and religious travellers looking to fly to the city. The demand for
the Umra flights has always been very strong and we expect this to continue
grow in future.”
Airways commenced operations to Jeddah in May 2006, with three frequencies per
week, increasing to daily from April 2007 and now to 12 flights per week from
February 2011.The airline also offers a non-stop, eight-flights-per-week
service to the Saudi capital Riyadh, and 13 flights-per-week to Dammam.