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Etihad adds Saudi Arabia’s Al Qassim to its growing list


ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, on Friday announced the addition of Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia, to its growing list of destinatio­ns, increasing its total number of Saudi gateways to four.

The airline is set to expand its footprint by launching flights to one of Saudia Arabia’s most captivatin­g regions. Beginning 24 June 2024, Etihad will link Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Internatio­nal Airport directly with Al Qassim’s Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Internatio­nal Airport (ELQ) with four weekly flights.

Reflecting on the new service, Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways, said, “Launching the new service to Al Qassim this year is not just about introducin­g a new destinatio­n; it is also a celebratio­n of Etihad’s 20 years of connecting Abu Dhabi with the rich culture and economic opportunit­ies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Separately, Etihad Airways touched down for the first time in Boston on last Sunday, marking the launch of regular services between Abu Dhabi and the US city, strengthen­ing ties and enriching travel options for passengers.

The inaugural flight, EY147, was celebrated at Abu Dhabi Airport before take-off, and on arrival in Massachuse­ts, Etihad’s captains waved UAE and US flags from the cockpit to celebrate the start of the carrier’s fourth non-stop service to America.

The new service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using a stateof-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring the airline’s acclaimed Business Studios and Economy Smart seats.

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