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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Emirates expands flights to Riyadh making it 91 to Saudi Arabia each week

The fourth daily flight from Dubai will begin on September 1

Emirates will soon fly to Riyadh 28 times a week. AP
Emirates will soon fly to Riyadh 28 times a week. AP

Emirates is adding a fourth daily flight on its route from Dubai to Riyadh starting from September 1.

"There are strong passenger flows between Riyadh and Dubai so enhancing our services makes business sense, and further underscores Riyadh’s importance within our global network," said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran.

The fourth daily flight will be serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration and will be a late afternoon departure "complementing the existing morning and evening flights".

In 2017 more than 1.5 million Saudis visited Dubai, according to data published by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). Saudi Arabia is the UAE’s largest trading partner in the region, with non-oil trade reaching an estimated Dh880 billion in 2017, according to UAE Federal Customs Authority data.

Emirates currently serves Saudi Arabia with 84 flights a week as it also flies to Jeddah, Dammam and Medinah Al Munawarah. It has been operating to Saudi since 1989. The introduction of the extra Riyadh flight will take the total to 91 per week.

The airline will soon add Edinburgh to its extensive list of destinations, with its inaugural flight to the capital on October 1.

And last month it added another daily flight to Prague in the Czech Republic.

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