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Air India to expand Saudi operations
Dubai, Sept 4 (IANS):
Published on 4 Sep. 2008 11:41 PM IST
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India's national carrier Air India will launch two additional flights to Saudi Arabia from Sep 7 ahead of the festivals of Onam and Eid-ul-Fitr. These daily flights will operate between Riyadh and Kozhikode; and Dammam and Kochi, according to the carrier's Jeddah-based regional manager Deepak Anand. 'These flights have been worked out in a manner that will facilitate easy travel for both inbound and outbound journeys,' Anand told the Arab News newspaper. 'The timing of the induction of these flights has been chosen to coincide with the ensuing festivals of Onam followed by Eid-ul-Fitr holidays,' he added. Saudi Arabia is home to 1.56 million expatriate Indians. With the addition of these 14 new flights, to be operated through Airbus 320 aircraft, the number of Air India's flights to Saudi Arabia will increase to 47 per week. According to Anand, the carrier is also planning to operate 14 more additional flights a week between India and Saudi Arabia from November this year. These daily flights will connect the Saudi cities of Riyadh and Dammam with Hyderabad and Chennai. 'Apart from providing a daily service to Cochin (Kochi), the Dammam market will also witness doubling of frequencies to both Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram this month,' Anand was quoted as saying. He said the airline was also finalising the first phase of its Haj flights this year starting Oct 30.

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