Air France suspends flights to Riyadh

Air France will no longer operate flights from Paris to Riyadh after Feb. 1 because of ‘economic performance.’ (Reuters)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Air France suspends flights to Riyadh

  • Saudia will continue flights between the French and Saudi capitals and will honor Air France tickets booked before the announcement
  • Air France: Due to the economic performance and in view of the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on this route, the Air France-operated flights will be suspended

LONDON: Air France is stopping all flights to Riyadh from next month, according to a statement from the carrier.

The French airline will no longer operate flights from Paris to Riyadh after Feb. 1 because of “economic performance,” it said.

However, partner airline Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will continue flights between the French and Saudi capitals and will honor Air France tickets booked before the announcement.

A statement from the French airline said, “Air France has decided to suspend its direct flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as of Feb. 1, 2019 and continues the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on the Riyadh-Paris route.

“Due to the economic performance and in view of the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on this route, the Air France-operated flights will be suspended. The last flight will take off from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on Jan. 31, 2019 and will return from Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) on Feb. 1, 2019.

“Passengers with a ticket for a flight from Paris to Riyadh or vice-versa after Feb. 1, 2019 will be rebooked on flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines or financially compensated.”


Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

Updated 23 March 2019
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Apple’s Cook to China: keep opening for sake of global economy

  • Cook’s comments come as Apple weathers sinking sales in China
  • Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets

BEIJING: Apple chief executive Tim Cook nudged China on Saturday to open up and said the future would depend on global collaboration, as the United States and China remained locked in a bitter trade dispute.
“We encourage China to continue to open up, we see that as essential, not only for China to reach its full potential, but for the global economy to thrive,” Cook said at a China Development Forum in Beijing.
Despite official pledges and repeated assurances that China would continue to open its markets, some analysts worry that its reform project has slowed or even stalled under President Xi Jinping, who has sought greater control over the economy and a bigger role for state-owned firms at the expense of the private sector.
Cook’s comments come as Apple weathers sinking sales in China because of a contracting smartphone market, increasing pressure from Chinese rivals, and slowing upgrade cycles. The company reported a revenue drop of 26 percent in the greater China region during the quarter ending in December.
Before those results came out, in a January letter to investors, Cook blamed the company’s poor China performance on trade tension between the United States and China, suggesting that pressure on the economy was hurting sales in China.