ISLAMABAD: SaudiGulf Airlines, the new full-service national carrier of Saudi Arabia has announced the start of its operations to four destinations in Pakistan as part of its international route expansion programme.
Emphasizing on the pivotal role of travel trade in maintaining the relationship between The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan , SaudiGulf Airlines is initiating operations to four major cities in Pakistan being Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot and Peshawar.
"We are pleased to announce our 2018 international routes expansion starting with four destinations in <link> Pakistan <link> from Dammam, Saudi Gulf Airline’s main base in Saudia Arabia. This route will connect passengers from <link>Pakistan <link> across the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through King Fahd International Airport in Dammam," stated Chief Commercial Officer Karim Makhlouf at a press conference in Islamabad.
The airline will operate its Airbus A320 aircrafts to <link>Pakistan <link> offering leather seats in both compartments, business and economy class. It will commence direct flights from Dammam to Lahore and Islamabad with a frequency of four flights per week as well as three flights per week connecting Dammam with Sialkot and Peshawar.
Utilizing King Fahd International Airport in Dammam as the hub of its operations, Saudi Gulf airlines will be the first Saudi carrier to operate direct flights between the Eastern Providence of Saudi Arabia and <link>Pakistan <link> .
This strategic decision was taken by SaudiGulf Airlines aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030 to support the expanding growth in infrastructure projects in the kingdom which will ultimately contribute to ease of travel to passengers between Saudi Arabia and <link> Pakistan <link> .
Connections mainly include Jeddah and Medina dedicated to carry Hajj and Umrah passengers. The decision made by SaudiGulf Airlines to provide convenience of travel from and to the holy sites in Mecca and Medina as part of its religious contribution as a new national carrier. “We are pleased to add new flights to cater to the growing demand of Umrah and Hajj traffic out of <link>Pakistan <link> , while also providing passengers with convenient connections via Dammam," said Makhlouf.
Starting operations on the 1st of March 2018, the fares are to start from 12,000 PKR and include free seat selection, hot meals, in-flight entertainment services as well as personalized customer service.
SaudiGulf Airlines will be represented by the largest GSA network in <link>Pakistan <link> , Gerry’s Group. This partnership is a testament of Saudi Gulf Airlines’ intensions to capture a significant market share in <link>Pakistan <link> .
"We have decided to partner and cooperate with Gerry’s Group for its well-known efforts as a General Sales Agent with more than 50 years of experience in this field," he added.
"The induction of Saudi Gulf Airlines as a direct Saudi Carrier initiating operations to <link>Pakistan <link> will significantly add value to the travel trade industry of <link>Pakistan <link> and testifies to growing travel demand across the Country," said Arshad Wali Muhammad, Gerry’s Group Director. - NNI