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Qatar Airways touches down at Al Ahsa in Saudi Arabia.

Dubai: Qatar Airways has inaugurated its seventh gateway into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by adding the city of Al Ahsa to its growing network.

The new route to Al Ahsa International Airport will comprise four weekly non-stop flights from the airline's hub in Doha, and will increase the number of Qatar Airways' weekly flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 75 to 79.

The inaugural flight, which carried Qatar Airways dignitaries, was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, and Naif Al Ghamidi, Al Ahsa Airport Director, led the welcoming committee.

"As we continue to expand our network and receive more aircraft, we will keep looking at opportunities to add capacity to our existing network and further strengthen our links within the Gulf," said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer. The new Al Ahsa route will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration, with 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.

In addition to this new route, Qatar Airways has also recently announced plans to double its weekly frequency to Gassim, and increase the number of flights to Madinah from weekly to daily operations.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:7SAUD
Date:May 18, 2014
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