Qatar Airways Announces Expansion

Daniel Fowkes
06 Oct 2023
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a Qatar airways airbus a320 departing

Qatar Airways has announced plans to expand into Saudi Arabia with two new gateways opening and a reopening.

The Doha-based carrier will now operate over 125 weekly flights to nine cities in Saudi Arabia.

Notably, the major airline will reopen Yanbu services alongside launching to Al Ula and Tabuk.

From 29 October, Al Ula will launch, followed by Yanbu on 6 December and lastly, followed by Tabuk on 14 December. Qatar believes these routes will allow travellers more options and flexibility when heading to Saudi Arabia.

We are thrilled to introduce AlUla, Yanbu, and Tabuk as our newest destinations in Saudi Arabia. These cities offer a wealth of cultural, historical, and natural experiences, and we are proud to connect travellers from around the world to these remarkable places.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker

Cities that are part of the Saudi Arabia network include Jeddah, Riyadh, and Medine. It’s a comprehensive network QatarAirways is continuing to look towards expanding upon.

The new routes will be hugely important not just for leisure travel but also for facilitating business travel. This is through strengthening economic ties and cultural exchanges between the pair, per Qatar Airways.

Flights to Yanbu will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday as QR1216/1217. At the same time, Tabuk will run on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday as QR1220/1221. Lastly, Al Ula will fly on Saturday and Thursday as QR1202/1203.

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