• Saudi Arabian Airlines expanded its network in India with an eighth destination, adding Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) as the airline’s latest destination and 88th overall. Three times weekly 298-seat A330-300 flights began on 1 October from Riyadh (RUH). In addition to Thiruvananthapuram, Saudia flies to the following cities in India: Kochi, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mumbai and Chennai. Ultimately the airline will operate five weekly flights to the Indian city, as a twice-weekly service from Jeddah begins on 5 October. DG of Saudia, Saleh bin Nasser Al Jasser commented how the new route will enable further development of the well-established economic ties: “The airline continues to expand its network to include routes which provide economic growth opportunities benefitting both nations. With the addition of Thiruvananthapuram, Saudia now counts eight destinations in India among its network of international business cities.” Air India provides direct competition on the city pair, flying twice-weekly on the 3,687-kilometre sector.