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.
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