Korean Air to resume direct flights to Kingdom’s cities

Updated 10 October 2012
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Korean Air to resume direct flights to Kingdom’s cities

Korean Air said yesterday it will resume direct flights between Korea and Saudi Arabia starting on Nov. 9. The announcement was made during an event about Connect Korea at the Sofitel Hotel in Alkhobar.
Ha Man-kee, Korean Air regional manager in the Kingdom, said: “We will commence the direct service three times a week, flying from Seoul/Incheon first to Riyadh and then onto Jeddah. The Seoul/Incheon-Riyadh-Jeddah flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.” He continued, “Saudi Arabia and Korea have had commercial connections. In the 1970s and 1980s, the time known as the ‘Middle East Boom’ years, Korean companies won many valuable construction contracts, contributing greatly to Korea’s economic progress.”
To facilitate travel between the two nations, Korean Air operated flights to Jeddah and Dhahran, the biggest markets in the region at that time. The demand for plant construction in Saudi Arabia has once more increased, and again Korean construction companies are part of the new boom. “Korean Air expects the demand for passenger traffic in the region to increase with high growth potential,” he said.
Ha Man-Kee pointed out that the network expansion would also be of interest to transit passengers from neighboring countries to Korea, including Japan and China, who will travel to Saudi Arabia via Korean Air’s hub in Seoul. He added, “We hope to attract business travelers visiting Saudi Arabia.”


King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

Updated 19 May 2019
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King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

  • Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Islamic Summit.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, King Salman has sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and leaders of other Arab countries to two summits to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia's oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region. 

“The attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.