Saudia launches direct flights to Calicut, India

Saudia will operate three flights a week from Riyadh, and four flights from Jeddah. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 03 December 2018

Saudia launches direct flights to Calicut, India

  • Saudia will operate three flights a week from Riyadh, and four flights from Jeddah
  • The reopening of the Calicut route follows a three-year hiatus after the modernization and development of the Kerala city airport

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's national carrier Saudia is set to launch direct and regular flights to Calicut in India on Wednesday, following a three-year hiatus.

Saudia will operate three flights a week from Riyadh, and four flights from Jeddah, using a daily Airbus A330-300 aircraft fitted to provide the best comfort and comfort for guests, with 298 seats, 36 business class seats and 262 economy seats.

The reopening of the Calicut route follows a three-year hiatus after the modernization and development of the Kerala city airport, which lies on the southern coast of India.

It will be the ninth destination operated by Saudia airlines to Indian cities, along with Kochi, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai and Travendrum.

It also marks the fourth direct and regular flight launched by Saudia this year after Erbil in Iraq, as well as Surabaya and Mukasher in Indonesia.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.