Riyadh, Amman, Jeddah to see more Emirates flights in 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 12:19 by Aviation Correspondent

Emirates Airline will strengthen its Middle East route network with additional flights to Amman, Riyadh and Jeddah, starting February 2009. These additions follow the airline’s recent increase of services to Damascus in December 2008, from nine flights a week to 11.

In the first week of February, Emirates will add flights to three cities in the region, that is one additional flight to Riyadh, two additional flights to Amman, and one additional flight to Jeddah. These new services will enable greater access and facilitate traffic flows between Middle East and key markets in Europe, Africa, Indian Sub Continent, Far East and Australian points.

It has been said that customer demand for its services has been building up. The Middle East region is at the centre of Emirates’ global network, the addition of flights explains this.

As per the new schedule, from 2 February, 2009 Emirates will add two more flights per week between Dubai and Amman on Tuesdays and Fridays, bringing its weekly service to Jordan to 12. These new flights would increase connection options for Emirates customers, particularly those travelling to or from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. On its Dubai-Amman route, Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft in a three-class configuration.

Meanwhile, starting February 1, Emirates’ Dubai-Riyadh service will increase from six-a-week to become daily.  On February 3, Emirates’ Dubai-Jeddah service will also increase to daily flights from the current six-a-week service.

These new flights will facilitate travellers connecting to and from cities in South Africa, the Indian Sub Continent, the Far East and Australian points.

Together with Emirates’ five times-a-week flights to Dammam, these latest increases will bring the airline’s total number of services to Saudi Arabia from 17 to 19 per week. On its Dubai-Damman route, Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

On December 3, Emirates had introduced two additional services to Damascus on Wednesdays and Thursdays, bringing its total flights between Dubai-Damascus to 11 per week. These new flights increase connection choices for Syrian travellers heading to the UAE and popular destinations in the Far East including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and China.  On its Dubai-Damascus route, Emirates operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft in a three-class configuration, the airline said.

The Dubai-based airline’s presence in the Middle East has been growing since the airline launched global operations in 1985. Emirates flew to its first Middle East gateway in 1986 when it launched operations to Amman. Emirates currently serves 14 cities in the Middle East with nearly 180 flights per week, offering the best connectivity in the region.

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