Cutting the celebratory cake are (front row from left); Fathi Al Shaheh- Qatar Airways SVP of GCCLI & ISC; Abdulbaset M. Al-Salafi, Acting Director of Domestic Airport Operations; and Abdul Rhman M. Al Mathi, General Director, Taif Regional Airport. Abdulbaset M Al-Salafi presents Fathi Al Shehab with a gift welcoming Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Ta'if. Ta'if is now the sixth destination in Saudi Arabia that Qatar Airways serves non-stop from Doha.
- Qatar Airways now serves six destinations in Saudi Arabia with the addition on 2 October of Ta’if (TIF). The route from Doha (DOH) will be served four times weekly using the airline’s narrowbody A320s. Fathi Al Shehab, Qatar Airways’ Senior Vice President GCC, said: “Ta’if is a vital tourist and cultural centre. It is a market rich with business opportunities, heritage and historic sites. I am confident that this city will succeed in attracting tourists and business men alike and I hope our new flights will help them take advantage of the opportunities this city has to offer.” With this new service Qatar Airways now operates 69 flights a week to Saudi Arabia. Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker said the airline was pleased to open this new gateway to Saudi Arabia: “During the past few months we succeeded in launching two new destinations in Saudi Arabia – Al Gassim and now Ta’if, which reflects our commitment to reinforcing relations between the State of Qatar and the Kingdom.”