SaudiGulf Airlines began double-daily flights from the Saudi Arabian capital city to the world’s busiest international airport on 1 March – its first overseas operation. The LCC hopes to start services to Pakistan in the coming months.
- SaudiGulf Airlines, the LCC which is owned by flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines, has commenced double-daily flights from Riyadh (RUH) to Dubai (DXB) on 1 March. Flown by the carrier’s A320 fleet, the 872-kilometre sector will face some intense competition. Also operating the city pair are its parent Saudi Arabian Airlines (42 times weekly), as well as flynas (29), Emirates (21), flydubai (14) and Sky Pearl (six). At the time of announcing its flights to Dubai in early-January, SaudiGulf also suggested that it was looking to start operations in March from its Dammam base to four destinations in Pakistan – namely Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore and Sialkot. At the time of writing, these services were not on sale. See how Dubai Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.