Saudi Arabia begins direct flights to Irbil from early October

Saudia announced it will launch its second destination to Iraq, to the northern city of Irbil from October. (Photo courtesy of Saudia)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia begins direct flights to Irbil from early October

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national flag carrier, announced it will launch its second destination to Iraq, to the northern city of Irbil from Oct. 1 this year.
The new route will operate three-times-weekly, with non-stop from Jeddah.
The airline’s Director General, Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, commented on the new route, saying: “Saudia is expanding its route network consistently and increasing air links and seat capacity both intra-regionally and internationally,”
Al-Jasser added that “following the airline’s launch of flights to Baghdad, the increase in travel demand between the two countries within a short period of time has provided growth opportunities, which would eventually lead to the introduction of an additional station to support and facilitate the expansion in cooperation.”
Saudia’s growing route network and double-digit passenger growth has seen the airline carry more than 22 million passengers between January and July this year.
Currently, Saudia flies to more than 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 154 aircraft.


Saudi Crown Prince meets Chinese vice premier

Updated 22 February 2019
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Saudi Crown Prince meets Chinese vice premier

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng at the Great Hall of the People on Friday before attending a China-Saudi cooperation forum. 
The forum was followed by a ceremony to sign agreements including those on petroleum, the chemical industry, investment, renewable energy and anti-terrorism.
Saudi Arabia is one of China's top crude oil suppliers and an important market for its exports. Mohammed bin Salman is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping later on Friday.
The Crown Prince's visit is the third leg of his Asia tour, which has taken him to India and Pakistan.