Sau­dia to up Delhi fre­quency

Sau­dia, or Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines, is all set to up its Delhi-Jed­dah fre­quency from 12 to 14 per week, start­ing from its win­ter sched­ule in March.

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Sau­dia opened a new of­fice in Delhi, from where the air­line would of­fer tick­et­ing and back-end ser­vices. Ibrahim Mo­hammed Alqubbi, Man­ager, Sau­dia—In­dia along with Dr Saud Mo­hammed Al­sati, Am­bas­sador of Saudi Arabia to In­dia, in­au­gu­rated the new fa­cil­ity of the air­line.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Alqubbi in­formed, “The new of­fice is to give a new brand im­age of Saudi Arabia Air­lines in In­dia and of­fer more space as well as greater sup­port to our cus­tomers in In­dia. We com­menced op­er­a­tions to a new des­ti­na­tion in In­dia from Oc­to­ber 1, 2017. Now, we have eight des­ti­na­tions on­line. We have one off­line des­ti­na­tion which is Cali­cut. We are plan­ning to open more des­ti­na­tions in 2018 de­pend­ing on the bi­lat­eral. As es­ti­mated, the pas­sen­ger load fac­tor from In­dia is around 76 per cent.”

The air­line has also in­creased its fre­quency from 12 to 14 flights a week to Delhi and will also be hav­ing a new air­craft to serve the In­dian skies. The new flights will be op­er­a­tional from the mon­soon sched­ule of the air­line which starts from end of March. “We are fly­ing the A-330, our new re­gional air­craft, which is very good with flatbeds on its busi­ness class. We are very proud to send the In­dian pas­sen­gers to Saudi Arabia. Most of our traf­fic from In­dia is re­li­gious or busi­ness. Also, to send this mes­sage to all the In­dian peo­ple that we are sixth free­dom car­ri­ers, and can trans­fer pas­sen­gers to any other des­ti­na­tion around the world. We are also mem­ber of the Sky Team, which makes us part­ner with more than 18 air­lines. From our hub in Jed­dah, we can smoothly take the pas­sen­gers and trans­fer them to Europe, United States and Africa,” he added.

Calling travel agen­cies as their part­ners, he said, “We sup­port the air­lines as they sup­port us be­cause we are one field, one busi­ness and they are shar­ing the suc­cess with us. There are many travel agen­cies here and we have good re­la­tions with them. We have many pro­grammes for the travel agents start­ing from in­cen­tive to com­mis­sion.”

- re­li­gious or busi­ness.We are sixth free­dom car­ri­ers, and can trans­fer pas­sen­gers to any other des­ti­na­tion

Ibrahim Mo­hammed Alqubbi Man­ager Sau­dia—In­dia

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