SaudiGulf Airlines, which launched its first route to Pakistan on 15 October with flights between Dammam and Islamabad, this week initiated a further three routes from the Saudi Arabian city to the country, namely Karachi, Lahore and Sialkot. As a result of the airline’s decision to enter the Pakistan market, it will offer 14 weekly departures from Dammam to the country, with it becoming the second international nation on the airline’s route map after the UAE.
- SaudiGulf Airlines has made Pakistan its second international country market after the UAE. Having initiated flights between Dammam (DMM) and Islamabad on 15 October, this week the airline has added a further three cities in Pakistan to its route map, namely Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE) and Sailkot (SKT). Lahore and Karachi flights were both inaugurated on 16 October, with the airline planning to offer four weekly flights to the former, while the latter city pair will see a three times weekly operation. The 2,451-kilometre sector to Lahore will face direct competition from flynas (five times weekly) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which offers a twice-weekly service. The 1,746-kilometre link to Karachi will go head-to-head with just the Pakistan flag carrier, with it offering a twice-weekly service on the latter airport pair. Sialkot services were added to schedules on 22 October, with SaudiGulf planning a three times weekly rotation on the 2,462-kilometre route. Competition on the sector to Sialkot also comes from PIA, with it presently offering a weekly (Tuesdays) rotation. All routes between Dammam and Pakistan by SaudiGulf will be operated by the carrier’s fleet of A320s, of which it presently operates four.