Saudi Arabian Airlines launches first flight to Irbil

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Saleh Al-Jassem (R) the General Director of the Saudi Airlines (Saudia), inaugurates the first direct flight to the Iraqi city of Erbil, at the Jeddah airport on October 1, 2018. (AFP)
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On board the flight was Saudia Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and the Iraqi Consul in Jeddah Akkab Fesal Al-Kaoud. (SPA)
Updated 02 October 2018

Saudi Arabian Airlines launches first flight to Irbil

  • The first flight SV0625 departed from Jeddah and arrived in Irbil after three hours
  • The airplane was welcomed with a water salute as per airport tradition to welcome a new airline service

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) launched on Sunday its first direct and regular flight between the Kingdom and Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
The first flight SV0625 departed from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and arrived in Irbil International Airport after three hours.
The airplane was welcomed with a water salute as per airport tradition to welcome a new airline service.
On board the flight was Saudia Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and the Iraqi Consul in Jeddah Akkab Fesal Al-Kaoud.
The flight was received at the airport by Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Iraq, Abdulaziz bin Khalid Al-Shammari, several ministers of the regional government, and Iraqi Civil Aviation chiefs.
“My happiness on this day is indescribable, as I stand today among you on the occasion of operating [the flight] for the first time to Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region, a country of history and culture,” Al-Jasser said.
He also noted Saudia’s achievements during the past two years, pointing out that it has reached significant growth on various levels.


Houthis drone attack targets Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jawf

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Houthis drone attack targets Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jawf

  • The drone was intercepted over Yemeni airspace
  • The coalition destroyed three drones during the earlier 24 hours

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed a Houthi drone targeting Al-Jawf in the north of Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

Coalition forces intercepted the drone while it was still in Yemen’s airspace.

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said, the militia’s continued attempted attacks would end in failure,

Earlier on Monday, the coalition announced that they successfully destroyed three Houthi drones and intercepted six ballistic missiles targeting Saudi Arabia over 24 hours.

The missiles, which were launched from Saada, were targeting civilian areas in Al-Jazan, Al-Maliki said.

Earlier in August, 10 drones were fired at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia, near the UAE border – the Houthis claim responsibility for the attack.

There were no injuries and operations were not disrupted.