Saudi Arabian Airlines adds to its European network

Cutting the cake in Vienna to mark the launch of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ services to Jeddah and Riyadh on 16 June were Sultan Ali Q. Otaify, Manager of Saudia; Nabil Ashri, Ambassador of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Austria; Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Saudia; and Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport.

  • Saudi Arabian Airlines introduced new routes from Riyadh (RUH) to Izmir (ADB) on 12 June and from Jeddah (JED) and Riyadh to Vienna (VIE) on 16 June. The 2,359-kilometre Riyadh-Izmir link will operate three times per week on A320s and faces no direct competition. Flights to Vienna will begin in Jeddah and operate via Riyadh. This service will be flown four times per week with the Jeddah-Riyadh and Riyadh-Vienna sectors both flown using A320s. There is no competition between Jeddah and Vienna, which is a 4,527-kilometre indirect connection. However, there is an incumbent carrier operating the 3,677-kilometre Riyadh-Vienna connection, with flynas serving this airport pair three times per week. “The presence of Saudia at Vienna Airport means that one of the largest airlines in the Middle East is now represented here,” said Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport. “The airline links Vienna with Riyadh and Jeddah, the two most important cities for business and tourism in Saudi Arabia. The new flight connection provides positive impetus, particularly for Austrian tourism and the popular travel destination of Vienna.”  Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Saudia added: “The commencement of the new route provides opportunities for business and trade links, in addition to leisure sights to explore and enjoy year-round.” See how Vienna Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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