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 envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.