Al-Ahsa airport receives first Qatar flight

Al-Ahsa airport receives first Qatar flight
Updated 18 May 2014

Al-Ahsa airport receives first Qatar flight

Al-Ahsa airport receives first Qatar flight

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has taken steps to reconstruct the Al-Ahsa International Airport terminal to accommodate the growing number of domestic and international passengers, said Khalid Al-Khaibari, GACA spokesperson.
The airport recently received the first flight of Qatar Airways.
The carrier has inaugurated its seventh gateway into Saudi Arabia by adding the city of Al-Ahsa to its ever-growing network.
The new route to Al-Ahsa International Airport comprises four weekly nonstop flights from Doha, and will increase the number of Qatar Airways’ weekly flights to Saudi Arabia from 75 to 79.
The inaugural flight, which carried Qatar Airways dignitaries, was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, Naif Al-Ghamidi, Al-Ahsa airport director.
The new Al-Ahsa route will be served by an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration, with 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy.
The flights operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
From Doha to Al-Ahsa: QR1200 departs Doha at 08.05; Arrives in Al-Ahsa at 09.05
From Al-Ahsa to Doha: QR1201 departs Al-Ahsa at 10.10; Arrives Doha at 11.10
The launch is part of the continued expansion of Qatar Airways’ services to Saudi Arabia which began in 1997 with nonstop flights to Jeddah.
Since then, the airline has added Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, Gassim and Taif to its portfolio of destinations within the Kingdom.
Ali Muhammad Al-Rayes from Qatar Airways said: “We will continue to expand out network. We will also search for new opportunities to increase the capacity of our existent route network and strengthen the ties with the Gulf region.”
The GACA spokesperson also said three international airlines currently link the airport to Dubai, Sharjah and Doha.
The number of domestic airports that receive international flights has increased to nine. It includes the Al-Jawf Airport that has received GACA’s approval to operate international flights. Nesma Airlines will fly to Al-Jawf from Egypt three times a week.
Domestic airports are experiencing a significant growth after starting international operations. The number of international passengers has reached 1.6 million in 2013.