Indian subcontinent spoilt for choice

Saudia becomes latest airline to announce increased flights to the Indian subcontinent.

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By  John Irish Published  March 17, 2003

Following recent announcements by Indian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Pakistan Airlines that schedules to and from the Indian subcontinent would increase, Saudi Arabia’s national airline announced on March 15 that it would begin operating new weekly flights in the coming months.

Similar to Qatar Airways, the Kingdom’s airline will operate two further weekly services to the southern Indian city of Cochin from March 30. The Jeddah-Riyadh-Cochin flights will run on Sundays and Mondays.

It is also intending to start up a bi-weekly service to the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm Al Sheikh from June 25, which would operate on Sundays and Thursdays.

These additions bring the total number of domestic and international destinations covered by the airline to 80 worldwide.

Khaled bin Bakr, director general of Saudia described India and Egypt as the airlines biggest markets in Asia and Africa.

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